So I tried a recipe for red lentil soup that deviates from how I usually make it, against my better judgment. Essentially you put red lentils, mirepoix, garlic, water, & cumin in a pot and boil it for 30 mins. and then puree it with the immersion blender. Basically, I've ended up with a bizarrely runny yet pasty black hole of flavour. The texture is not so much the issue as the complete absence of taste; it feels like it's sucking flavour out of my body, it's that bad!
So far I've tried to no avail:
Adding lemon juice, evoo, salt/pepper and southwestern spices
Sauteing garlic, apples, and onions in butter, adding it & some garam masala & heavy cream
...Both still tasted bland, even with a 2nd increased addition of the ingredients.
I love lentils so I don't want to trash the rest [it made a huge pot]. My thinking is that by not frying up the veg in oil first, I've lost the window of opportunity to add any taste later on [?]. It was meant to be a healthy recipe, so if anyone can fix the taste issue in that manner, I'd be super grateful...