Friday, March 9, 2012

Hot Masala Lentil Soup

I always believe that we must make life interesting, in return we somehow will find ways to make food interesting as well. Okay-lah, I know-lah, Sambar is a must (Fish Sambar), otherwise our mothers will turn and twist in the kitchen and if they are in heaven, they will still turn in their graves. That much a love for paruppu/lentils/dhal, we however don't have to make the same sambar almost every week. Hold on now, hold on to your horses, nava-k is now gonna show you her way to another lentil dish.

Its definitely a slightly light soup, but is regarded as the sista to sambar. Lentils cooked with radish, spices, chilli flakes and fresh grounded coconut. Spiciness, creaminess, and scented with coriander leaves, l'm sure you know which dishes will be great to be paired with this hot masala lentil soup, but instead of you thinking about it, I've happily listed out - Mango Cucumber Salad, Kangkung Belacan, Spicy Crab Parathal, Salted Fish Pickle, Egg Vindaloo, Crispy Fried Okra, Lemongrass Chilli Potatoes, Mustard Green Masala, Fish In Chilli Lime Gravy & Ghee Rice.

1 cup yellow lentils - soaked for about 1 hour and simmer with enough water to soften.
1 radish - remove skin and cut into medium size pieces
1 (about 100g) tomato - sliced
5 shallots - sliced thinly
1 inch ginger - sliced into thin stripes
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
2 tbsp fresh coconut - pound/blend to a smooth paste
2 sprigs coriander leaves - chopped
1/2 liter of water
4 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

In heated oil, fry shallots, ginger, garlic, tomato and radish.
Fry to soften and to lightly brown radish.
Add dhal, coriander powder and turmeric powder.
Pour water, simmer and cook till radish and lentils becomes soft.
Stir in chilli flakes, coconut paste and coriander leaves.
Season with salt.
Simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from heat.
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  1. Hello..:) I would love to taste this soup..:) thanks for sharing..:)

  2. Shallots, ginger, and radish - yum! This soup looks superlative; light, healthy, but packed with flavor. Quite attractive presentation too!

  3. i love dhal curry..
    everytime when i eat roti canai.. i will ask for more dhal..

  4. Ginger, lentils, and coconut? Count me in!

  5. Looks beautiful, and I am intrigued by the radish!
    Isn't it wonderful to hear someone loved your recipe! COngrats!

  6. The colors are beautiful. It must be delicious.. ~~

  7. This looks like a really amazing soup bursting with flavour, love the coconut in it.

  8. I have never seen a soup with radishes, so glad to find this unique recipe. Definitely a root vegetable that is forgotten about. Love the spices in this one too-yum!

  9. Lentil soup is one of my favorites! This sounds delicious, I love the radish you added. Really is mouth watering! I'll have to try this out.

  10. looks delicious. love anything that is hot & spicy :)

  11. Looks like a gorgeous soup! I need to try more lentils!

  12. This looks divine - I am a masala fiend :D
    Another delicious recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. Looks warm and comforting! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!!!

  14. The soup is so flavorful with great spice ingredients,I never cook lentil my self,I should try sometime.

  15. Yum! This is what I need for this cold weather we're having here.

  16. Thank you everyone for all the comments, appreciate it very much.

  17. not a fan of laksa, only maggie laksa and you will see tears coming out from my eyes T_T

  18. Thank you for sharing wonderful recipe,nava...i luv radish ,it enhance the taste of the curry

  19. look yummy!!!would like to try...thx for visiting my blog

  20. Great minds think alike! I made something similar for the blog as well.

    Love hot masala dhal soup -- Looks so delish :)

  21. Nava, this looks delicious! While I don't cook with them often - I adore lentils!

  22. interesting........looking just great..nice cliks..........

  23. Yummy... we prepare moong dal with radish specially in winter...

  24. Nicely done looks like a bowl of goodies I will enjoy


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