MIDDLE-EASTERN LENTIL SOUP






MIDDLE-EASTERN LENTIL SOUP

This soup was from an old recipe book from our nearby library (I don’t remember which one). I had this recipe jotted down in my notebook for quite sometime. Since this is the first time I am preparing this soup, I am sticking on to the original recipe. If needed, this soup can be tweaked according to our taste. I have used mung beans here. If needed, red lentils can also be used. Mung beans give a different taste to the soup than the red lentil.

INGREDIENTS:
Mung beans, 1 cup.
Onion, large, 1.
Red bell pepper, 1.
Cumin powder, 1 teaspoon.
Chili powder, 1 teaspoon.
Fennel seeds, ¼ teaspoon.
Garlic, 2 cloves.
Salt as per taste.
Chicken broth or vegetable broth or water, 4 cups.

PREPARATION:
Wash the mung beans well and cook them in a pot for 20-30 minutes until they are tender but still retain their shape. Care should be taken not to mush the beans. Chop the onion and red bell pepper into small pieces and crush the garlic coarsely. Heat some oil in a pot and when the oil is hot enough, add the chopped onion and sauté for a few minutes until the onion is caramelized. Then add the chopped bell pepper and garlic and sauté for another minute. Then add the chili powder, cumin powder, fennel seeds, salt along with 4 cups of broth or water. Add the cooked mung beans and mix everything well. Let it simmer for 10 minutes and serve the hot soup with a dollop of sour cream or low fat yogurt on top.

23 comments:

Laavanya said...

Nice soup with green mung.. i love the taste of those beans so am sure to like this.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

never tasted this soup.. very different. looks nice Gita.

Jaishree said...

Nice soup with green mung.New to me.. Looks nice n yum Gita.Congrats on your awards:)

Uma said...

looks so delicious. Congrats on the awards.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow a new soup to me. Looks yummy. Congrats on all your awards.

Bhawana said...

Enjoy Gita on ur Awards. And your soups looks deliicous. in winter season a all time favourite dish

DEESHA said...

very healthy N tasty with all those lentils

n33ma said...

Love protein in my soups.

Suma Rajesh said...

this recipe is new to me...looks healthy....congrates on ur awards..

DK said...

I make something similar. Its so yummu and healthy at the same time.

Congrats on the awards

Sujatha said...

Nice and new soup recipe! Love anything with Moong dal.. Good one Gita!

vidhas said...

looks so delicious and healthy with all lentils. Congrats on your awards.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Congrats on your awards and the soup is really comforting...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This is so good for health and looks good:)
congrats on your awards!

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Viki Xavier. said...

Soup looks very healthy dear. congrats on all ur awards and I am so happy and proud to be ur friend.

Adlak's tiny world said...

Come and pick up some more from adlaks kitchen dear. diffrnt and fine soup dear.

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Purva Desai said...

Soup looks healthy and appetizing....
With regards to ur query you can use that filling in samosas, just tag it as paneer samosas ;)

SriLekha said...

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soup looks delicious and great!

Vij said...

Slurp! lovely presentation gita! Looks lovely :-)

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Ramya said...

This looks very yummy