Lentils and us Indians? What should I possibly say? Lentils or dal, one of those ingredients we can't forget about or shall I say we must stock up? But no, it can't be the same lentil/dal showcasing always right (Mysore Sambar)? In the same type of gravy, though relatively sometimes it does trend ugh sometimes that's the case (Dhal Rice)? Of course, sambar is one of it for showcasing lentils (Drumstick Sambar, Fish Sambar & Plain Sambar), and I think we must include dalca as well (Mutton Dalca). Then again, I think sometimes we must allow our food invention to wonder for popping up (Bitter Gourd Sambar) a different kinda lentil dish? Usually, somehow lentils for me must be associated with a vegetarian dish. Don't know why, seemingly that's how my thinking has been programmed (Indian Vegetable Curry, Vegetable Kurma, Vegetable Raita & Vegetable Biryani). Obviously then, I couldn't think of none next except Mulligatawny Soup. Akin a royal soup treat by far and, an East Indian soup and due to its popularity in England during British India. If I am not mistaken, there is also the meat added variant, but like I have also told you, this is the absolute Vegetarian Mulligatawny Soup. A combo of veggies and as usual, whatever I had at home, plus spices, yogurt and scented by coriander leaves. Indeed, really a pleasing and pleasant Vegetarian Mulligatawny Soup (Turmeric Tomato Soup & Tomato Spinach Soup).
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 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
Simmer 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 the heat and stir in yogurt and cilantro.