• If you prefer the texture of shredded vegetables, toss all of the veggies into your food processor with the grating attachment in place. Cook the vegetables down for about five minutes before adding the spices, broth, and lentils, and simmer for 20-25 minutes instead of 40.
* As I wrote above, in the winter I sometimes have to use dill seeds in place of fresh. If you also can't find fresh, substitute 1/2 teaspoon of crushed dill seeds or 1 teaspoon of dried dill. Fresh is infinitely better if you can get it though.