Saturday, January 5, 2013

Dhal (Lentil) Vegetable Soup

Just like spices, lentil/dhal is the must have ingredient in every Indian household. Practically added in many dishes  - for a basic dhal curry/sambar or for fish sambar, murugakka sambar, dhal/lentil rice and veggie dishes. This soup is the other you can made with dhal plus spices, yoghurt and a variety of veggies for the likeable thick hearty filling soup. Surely likeable on its own or generously drenched over rice.   

1 1/2 cups masoor dhal - soaked in water for 1/2 hour
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp fennel powder
A pinch of asofetida powder
3 tbsp yogurt - whisked to remove lumps
1 yellow onion - sliced thinly
1/2 liter water
2 stalks cilantro/Chinese parsley/coriander leaves
Salt for taste

1 medium size tomato
1/2 red capsicum
1/2 green capsicum
1 medium leek
1 medium size potatoes
*** dice/cube these ingredients

Boil dhal with turmeric powder and enough water to soften.
Add onion, spices, all the vegetables and salt.
Stir and pour water.
Stir again and simmer until vegetables are cooked.
Off heat and stir in yogurt and cilantro.
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  1. another yummy recipe that a must try for me ms.nava!! :D thanks for sharing

  2. hi nava-your lentil veggie dish looks so pretty and delicious- love the cilantro and leeks added to this. i thinks it adds a very appetizing flavor... perfect with my favorite roti canai and biryani

  3. I like vegetables soup. So healthy and its easy to extract the natural flavours of the vege. Moreover, cooking it at home, means that we are 100% sure there's no MSG!

  4. This looks so good. Is masoor dhal the small red coloured lentils? Also since potatoes takes more time to cook than vegetable, should it be cooked first before putting in the other vegetables?

  5. Hi Anonymous,

    Yes, masoor dhal is the same you are referring to. However you can also use other types of dhal as well. Potatoes cooks very fast these days, in fact the same timing as carrots. I did not have any issue adding all the veges together. Since all were cut the same size, these soft on an equal space.

  6. some unusual ingredients here...sounds pretty interesting, makes me want to try it out!

  7. This looks so healthy but delicious and very warming my friend :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Very healthy option to kick start 2013. Happy New Year, dear!

  9. You're right, you need to rest your mind at times, I wonder how you can keep up this productive pace sometimes and I do admire your energy in this respect, BTW, the dhall vege soup is perfect and the visuals stunning (as usual).

  10. I love dhal and can go for bowls of it!

  11. Interesting combi of masalas u have added like fennel. Looks great.


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