This soup is good for all the family and offers a good source of legumes in the diet fresh tomatoes are best.
4 large tomatoes
Boil a pot of water, add whole tomatoes and let boil till skin splits a bit, remove straight away and peel skin off.
Chop in half and remove pips, chop into small pieces. Set aside.
1 tablespoon oil
1 medium onion finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup lentils
1 teaspoon vegeta or stock cube (unless you are using fresh stock)
½ cup tomato paste
1 stick celery, chopped finely
7 cups water (or prepared stock)
Heat oil in a pan add onion, garlic cook for 2 minute add lentils cook for 1 minute.
Stir in prepared tomato, celery add water (or stock), tomato paste and crumbed stock cube
(if not using fresh stock).
Simmer covered for around 30 minutes till lentils are tender