Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
Makes 6 servings
DirectionsActive time: 25 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Place sweet potatoes, lentils, apricots, onion, chili paste, and broth in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to low heat, cover, and simmer until lentils are falling apart, about 25 minutes. Let soup sit, uncovered, 10 minutes.
Add coconut milk. Using a blender, puree soup until smooth, in batches if necessary. Stir in salt and pepper, and add more if desired.
To serve: Divide pureed soup among bowls, and top each with cilantro and pomegranate juice or seeds (if using).
Tips: You can substitute brown or green lentils for the red; they won't fall apart as easily, so forgo the blending and serve the soup as a chunky stew instead. Freeze up to 8 weeks.
From the January 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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