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    Posted February 28, 2012 by
    atlanta, Georgia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Fair-trade chocolate challenge

    Soul in a bowl


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     "Soul in a bowl" was a runner-up in the CNN chocolate challenge. Read more about the winning entries.

    Ethiopia-born Atlanta caterer yohan36 says she served her daughter, now almost 2 years old, lentil soup laced with chocolate shavings a few times last year. Now she leaves out the chocolate (but doesn't tell the child). 'I say, "Look, chocolate soup!" She assumes it has chocolate. Anything to get her to eat vegetables.'

    She explains how to make it: Sautee 2 onions in olive oil until they brown. Add 2 tablespoons of Berbere powder and cook for 15 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of lentil and 2 cups of water and simmer for 45 minutes. Puree 3 cloves of garlic and small ginger. Add the puree to the lentil mixture and top it off with 1 tablespoon of grated dark chocolate. Turn the stove off and serve after 15 minutes.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    I created this recipe out of desperation.  Getting my 2 year old daughter to eat soup was a challenge.All she wanted to eat is chocolate. so one night i put few shaving of chocolate  in the soup and mix it  well, and she loved  it. I thought it was a strange combination at first but i tried it and it was divine. i made a grown up version of it by adding bereber(which is Ethiopian hot spice), garlic and ginger. Now finding the right chocolate was a little bit challenging. Because you don"t want it to sweet or too bitter. I stumbled upon Terra Nostra organic fair trade chocolate at whole foods. It was the perfect pair. The hint of cinnamon and earthy taste of the chocolate compliments the spices in the soup.
    I participated at the Atlanta underground market chocolate edition. I made my chocolate lentil soup and sold out.
    So now Saturdays are chocolate soup night at our household.

    My wonderful husband Rahmeek Rasul took the picture.

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