A generous portion of this hearty beef-barley soup is satisfying as a one-dish meal. If chuck roast is on sale, purchase a large one and freeze the rest for later. If not, ask your butcher to cut off only the amount you need.
Inspired by an Ayurvedic dal recipe in the Esalen Cookbook, this is a light-bodied, curry-spiced coconut broth thickened with cooked red lentils and structured with yellow split peas. The back notes of ginger, slivered green onions sauteed in butter, and curry-plumped raisins make this a new favorite of mine.
This warm, fragrant, and inviting soup can be made as spicy or as mild as you like. Cauliflower benefits from the aromatic spices, and sweet potato lends creaminess and body to the broth. Chickpeas round out the soup, offering textural contrast as well as protein.