LENTIL SOUP




The inspiration for this soup is from my friend. She is an Egyptian and she made this soup for us when we were at her place for dinner. The soup she served was very tasty and thick and it reminded me of the dhal I make. I asked her the ingredients and noted them down and here is my version of my friend’s lentil soup. I didn’t add potatoes to this soup like my friend did but I included some more vegetables and used the same lentil (masoor dhal) that she used. This soup tasted more or less like a rasam or paruppu rasam :)…but this was really tasty with garlic bread. The next day we had this soup with rice and that tasted so yummy. I wanted a thin soup, so I have used just ½ cup of lentils here and it can be increased according to personal preferences.


INGREDIENTS:

1. Any type of quick-cooking lentils, masoor dhal works perfect here, ½ cup.

2. Onion, medium size, 1.

3. Canned tomatoes, ½ cup.

4. Pureed tomatoes, ½ cup.

5. Mixed vegetables, chopped into small pieces, 1 cup.

6. Cumin seeds, 1 tablespoon.

7. Coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon.

8. Salt and pepper as per taste.

9. Mixture of dry herbs, 1 tablespoon.

10. Garlic, 2 cloves.


PREPARATION:

Grind the cumin seeds and coriander seeds and keep aside. Dice the onion finely and crush the garlic coarsely. Heat a pot with some oil. Add the diced onions when the oil turns hot and sauté for a few minutes until they turn brown. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste along with the veggies, crushed garlic, lentils, 4 cups of water, salt and pepper and mix everything well. Once the soup comes to a boil, reduce the flame and cook closed for 20-25 minutes until the lentils are cooked. Add the ground powders and dry herbs now and switch off the stove. Ladle hot soups into bowls and serve with any crusty bread of plain rice.

32 comments:

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Soup looks yummy and thick. Perfect for the weather.

Cham said...

I guess the cumin and coriand made u think of rasam i guess! Looks absolutely delicious and creamy!

Padma said...

Soup looks thick and very colorful.. perfect to have in this weather.

Rahin said...

lentil soup looks very hearty and comforting

Nandini said...

Creamy and tasty soup! Yeah, somewhat similar like rasam by adding cumin!! But sure a tasty one dear! Love the color also:)

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice way to eat dal plus veggies,so healthy and its like one wholesome meal too...very nice one gita,thanks for sharing

Parita said...

Soup looks very healthy and fulfilling!

Tina said...

Healthy and refreshing soup...

Priya said...

Slurrppp!!thats a delicious soup with plenty of protein...prefect for this weather...

Neetz said...

this definitely looks healthy

Rachana Kothari said...

Yummy and healthy bowl of Soup!

PALATABLE said...

Healthy and yummy, thanks for sharing...

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Asha said...

Good looking dal yummy.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks so filling! Sure is a healthy one too! Header picture is so nice and fresh!

Malar Gandhi said...

Perfect and healthy soup, its like a complete meal for me.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Quite right for the season..

Meena said...

Lentil soup is one of the best comfort foods I think...first time on your blog...you have a good collection of recipes here.

priya said...

soup looks really warming n yummy

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

this is so nutritious! looks perfect!

J said...

very very healthy..

Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy soup dear...

Gulmohar said...

Super delicious...I could imagine how it might have tasted with garlic bread :-)

Raje said...

Healthy & Yummy soup Gita! Looks great

kothiyavunu said...

That looks so yummy!!! I've never tried lentil soup before..Sounds & looks healthy and delicious!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

very yummy!

Aparna said...

oh we can make soup also..i will try this one:)

shahana said...

Looks delicious!!!Perfect for this winter!

Deepa G Joshi said...

nice, healthy soup..looks good.

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Vaishali said...

Sounds delicious and healthy, Gita. There's nothing like a bowl of hearty soup for the cold, windy days we've been seeing her in the DC area. Hope you're staying warm :)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Soup with the lentils are always tasty da. I am falling for your soup now:) Love the way you mention about friends here. will be a treasure when we look back.

Shri said...

I love soups esp in this winter weather, I could have that entire bowl and more, Gita!!

SathyaSridhar said...

Lentil soup looks delicious and healthy soup for the dinner