Having had an unfortunate injury of late the poor @decknologist has been on a soup diet. He recommends a Curried Aubergine Soup recipe from 200 Super Soups by Sara Lewis, but with minor amendments to use more garlic (I've doubled it in the listing below) and to make your own curry paste.
4 garlic cloves
4 tsp curry paste
1inch piece ginger, grated
2 potatoes, diced
2 carrots, diced
75g red lentils
1.5 L veg stock
1 can chopped tomatoes
Fry the onions with the aubergine till the aubergine is browned.
Stir in garlic, curry paste and ginger.
Cook off for 1 min then add potatoes, carrots and lentils.
Cover with the stock and tomatoes and simmer for 30 mins.
Puree the soup and serve with some fresh coriander.
I love the sound of this soup and can't wait to give it a try - big thank you for this recommendation!