Monday, March 18, 2019

Red Lentil Soup / Masoor Dal

This year mother nature seems to have forgotten that spring is around the corner. Most days are still cold and chilly. The cat loves to cuddle and is usually waiting for us to finish up in the kitchen and snuggle up with her. I have a little table by the window in the breakfast nook that I use to click pictures for this blog. The cat is not allowed on the dining table. She sits at the very edge of the little table and stares at us, waiting for us to be done eating so we can move to the family room. Back to the recipe.


A warm bowl of Red lentil soup or a bowl of this masoor dal with rice is perfect for a cold evening. Red lentils are very flavorful and a few vegetables and spices are enough to make a flavorful soup. I like to add a lot of vegetables as everyone in my family loves vegetables. Masoor dal turns mushy when cooked. Sometimes I let it cook until mushy and mash it with the back of the spoon. Sometimes like today I let it cook but turn off heat before it gets mushy. You can add any combination of vegetables and spices to make this dal.

You will need
1/2 cup red masoor dal
1/2 tomato
1/8th red bell pepper
1/2 cup baby kale
1/2 cup baby arugula
1 tsp. garam masala (or you favorite dal masala)
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chili pepper powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder
salt and pepper to taste

Soak the dal for about 15-20 minutes. Meantime, dice the vegetables.

Heat 1/2 a cup of water in a pan. Add the diced vegetables and let them cook until the water is almost evaporated and the greens are wilted.

Drain the soaking water and add the dal to the pan. Add the remaining ingredients and saute for 2-3 minutes on medium low heat.


Heat 2 cups water in the microwave and add it to the pan. Bring it to a boil and lower the heat to simmer. Cover and let the dal cook for about 5 minutes, checking every couple minutes to ensure there is enough water.

Turn off the heat when the soup/dal is at the desired consistency.


Enjoy!









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7 comments:

  1. Most of the time, I like to have dal like soup, without any rice... it feels so comforting... love that bowl with the greens...

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  2. Red lentil soup with lots of veggies is a pretty good idea. Could also visualise your obedient cat waiting patiently­čśŐ

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  3. The soup looks fabulous Varada. Lentils ate one of the best protein sources for vegetarians and this soup would make a nice filling meal with some bread.

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  4. A fantastic soup for chilly evenings. In fact soup is good for me at any time of the day :)

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  5. The soup looks so tempting with full of flavour. I can have this soup any time of the day.

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  6. I am not a fan of Red masoor dal, but the way you have added kale and arugula, I am sure it might be tasting awesome. Would love to try.

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  7. Oh i would love a bowl of soup any season! with summer at full blast here, i prefer light wholesome meals like these!!! Looks fantastic!

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