Food & Wine Pairing Recipe of the Week – Creamy Lentil Soup

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On cool winter nights, sometimes you just feel like an easy but warming meal to sooth the soul. This dish does just that! And it is quick, tasty and full of feel good foods. With a indian style flavouring and a glass of Pinot Gris  on the side, you are sure to wind down from a busy day as soon as the flavours hit your lips! Simple, quick, easy, nutritious and delicious.

Creamy Lentil Soup matched with Bald Hills Pinot Gris


  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 pods of cardamom
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. grated ginger
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup, diced canned tomatoes
  • 1 can (420g) brown lentils (do not drain)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock or water (depending on desired thickness of soup)
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • handful coriander, to serve


In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil, add the bay leaf, cardamom and cinnamon and fry for a few seconds till aromatic. Add the onion and cook till transluscent. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for a minute. Add the tomatoes and lentils and simmer until cooked, stirring occasionally (about 15 minutes). Add the garam masala, cream, vegetable stock (if using), seasoning, sugar and stir to mix. Remove from heat and blend with a stick blender. Ladle into bowls, garnish with coriander.

Wine Pairing – Bald Hills Central Otago Pinot Gris 2014

We are really teasing you now, as we are within weeks of releasing this drop – but have been thoroughly testing it of course. Aromas of pear and each with a hint of spice make it the idea match for this creamy but fragrant dish. We can wait for you to try this wine!