Red lentil and mixed veg soup! It must be healthy, what would you say? Mixed veg soup with red lentils and that too with very few spices. No doubt it would be good for health but is it delicious too? Because without taste nobody wants to try anything and particularly when you cook yourself and put effort to make it, then you definitely would wish that it would be delicious.
Some people actually say soup is for those people who do not care about nutrition value of their meal through the day, so when they reach home they prefer a healthy and simple soup so that they body get something with proper nutrition value. But there are also some people who will never try something which healthy but tasteless. Do you? Okay, in which group do you see yourself? The first group for health conscious people or the second group for people who want the taste and only taste nothing else?
Vegetarian people prefer mostly and they try to keep lentil in their daily diet as it is said lentils contain a good percentage of protein. AND vegetables are also good for health that too mixed vegetables. So what else people want in soup? Do you want something more in your soup? I think it is enough. But the only challenge is to make a tasty soup and make your evening good, hmm well some people even prefer to have soup before lunch too. So no issues make it also for having before lunch. No offense and no crime, only red lentil and mixed veg soup.
Though here I used homegrown pumpkin and using it since last week, probably one more week we can have this. But you obviously will use something bought from the market. Now if you are planning to make this red lentil and mixed veg soup then you should have red lentils, onion, garlic, bay leaves, curry leaves, red chili, green chili, tomato, green beans, carrot, pumpkin, pointed gourd, tamarind, oil, and salt in your inventory. You can add any other seasonal vegetables if you prefer but I would prefer to stick to those ingredients only. No additional tempering is required except garlic, bay leaves, curry leaves and red chilies.
Red lentil and mixed veg soup recipe
- Red lentil / masoor dal - ½ cup
- Onion / pyaz - 2 medium size, finely chopped
- Garlic / lahsun - 3 cloves, chopped
- Bay leaves / tej patta - 2
- Curry leaves / curry patta - 6-7 leaves
- Red chili - 2 pieces, whole
- Green chili - 2 pieces
- Tomato / tamatar - 1 large size
- Green beans - 10-12 pices, chopped into small pieces
- Carrot / gajar - small size, chopped
- Pumpkin / kaddu - 40 gm
- Pointed gourd / parwal - 1
- Tamarind / imli - very small quantity
- Oil - 1.5 tbsp
- Salt - as needed
- Water - 2 glasses
- Cut all vegetables into small pieces
- Heat oil in a pan or wok and add onion, garlic, bay leaves, curry leaves, whole red chilies
- Now add all vegetable pieces and cook for next few minutes, add salt as needed
- Add red lentil (wash properly before adding it to vegetables) and fry another few minutes
- Then pour everything from the pan to pressure cooker, add tamarind water and two glasses of water
- Cook till three whistles and then your red lentil and mixed veg soup is ready to serve (stir before serving
This recipe is so simple and it will not take too much time to cook. So anybody can try this anytime at home. But if you are looking for something else in soup then try these recipes too – normal tomato soup, onion soup, creamy tomato soup, mushroom soup with scrambled paneer, cabbage soup, thick mix vegetable soup, green bean soup etc.