Friday, March 9, 2012

Hot Masala Lentil Soup

Lentils are a good source of protein and other important nutrients as well. Include lentils in your meals but remember too much can also lead to gout and indigestion. But I suppose once a week should be safe which is pretty much what I do. The standard dish with lentils is none other than "Sambar/Indian dhall curry", with fish for Fish Sambar (Dhal Curry) and here's the soupy version - lentils with radish and spices, chilli flakes for spiciness and fresh coconut for creaminess.

1 cup yellow lentils - soaked in water for about 1 hour and boiled 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..........


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