What do you think about RED LENTIL SOUP? Wanna try this? This soup is unbeatable, it is so tasty and healthy.
Lentils are always preferred by many health conscious people around the world. Vegetarian people make this a habit to consume sufficient amount of lentils and other high protein vegetarian food. Lentils and other high protein food are always in their diet.
Red lentil is one of the most popular among other lentils. Curry or soup made with red lentils are undoubtedly delicious. There are various types of red lentils available in the market. Split red lentils or whole red lentils, you can pick any one to make red lentil soup. Red lentil is also available with skin or without skin condition. Red lentils without skin look more reddish than red lentils with skin. Red lentils with skin take more time to be cooked, so many people prefer red lentils without skin one. You can use any red lentil to make this red lentil soup but cook whole soup properly to blend smooth red lentil soup. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS SOUP?
You can have this at evening before having your dinner. I prefer to have this during weekdays because weekends are not predictable. Anytime any plan can get changed. Ha ha! So I do not make any good practice during weekends as I know there is only rule during weekends that there will be no rule during weekends. Ha ha! Rules are made to beak on weekend. So I always avoid to keep some tasks for weekend.
You can have red lentil soup during weekend if you make it early and store it in refrigerator and have this whenever you want to enjoy smooth red lentil soup. But I think you do this way very often. Right?
Though red lentils or masoor dal made dish is very common item in India and every household makes such item three or four times in a week. Some time people have this almost every day if not red lentils then at least any other lentils will be in their every day diet. This is because Indians consume very less non vegetarian food, so many people in India eat only vegetarian food only. So lentils play an important role as a source of protein. It is said by experts that red lentils contains huge percentage of protein. But they do not consume it like soup rather they have it as main course dish like dal fry, dal tadka etc and they prefer this to have with rice or roti (Indian bread).
Red lentils soup is very easy to make, you just need to be little bit careful when you are cooking. There are three steps in this recipe. First frying all spices and then boiling lentils with all fried spices. Finally blending all in mixer grinder. THAT’S IT. Is it not so easy? What do you think?
Do not burn finely chopped onion, ginger and tomato while frying those, otherwise it will be disaster because over fried tomato and onion will bring a bitter taste in your soup. So fry it till onion pieces turns to light brown. Do not wait till tomato releases oil, just cook till finely chopped tomatoes become little soften. Cook onion and tomato one by one. Add all spices to this and mix well. Cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder are used here. All this will bring fantastic aroma and beautiful yellowish color. Tamarind is also added to bring slightly sour taste which you will definitely like. Normally when you cook a lentil curry we often fry lentils but here you do not need to fry red lentils, just boil with all other fried ingredients. You can leave everything at this position and just enjoy after boiling red lentils with all fried spices or mash by using hand masher or manual blender. But if you want to get perfect taste then blend it to make smooth puree and enjoy your red lentil soup or masoor dal soup.
Red lentil soup recipe
- Onion / pyaz - 1 medium size, chopped
- Tomato / tamatar - 1 small size, chopped
- Garlic / lahsun - 3 cloves, paste
- Cumin / jeera - 1 tsp
- Coriander / dhania - 2 tsp, powder
- Red chili / lal mirch - 1.5 tsp, powder
- Tamarind / imli - 5 gm, without seed
- Turmeric / haldi - 2 tsp, powder
- Coriander leaves / dhania patta - 3 leaves
- Red lentils / masoor dal - 100 gm,
- Oil - as needed
- Salt - as needed
- Water - 2 cups
- Cut onion and tomato into fine pieces
- Heat oil in a cooking pan and fry garlic paste, finely chopped onion and tomato
- Now add all spices (cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder) to the cooking pan and cook for another 2 minutes
- Now take all fried ingredients in a pressure cooker from cooking pan, then add tamarind water, red lentils, coriander leaves, salt and water
- Pressure cook all till 3-4 whistles and switch off flame
- Rest pressure cooked lentils for 30 mins and blend all cooked ingredients to make smooth puree
- Take red lentil soup (masoor dal soup) in serving bowls (or in cups) and serve hot
Soak tamarind in water for at least one hour and mix tamarind pulp in water, use that water in red lentil soup and discard residual of tamarind.
Use whole red lentils or slip red lentils whatever you have
Garnish red lentils soup with green coriander leaves (it is optional)
If you do not want to make it perfectly smooth or blend in mixer grinder then you can have it without doing so, in such case mash red lentils with masher or use hand blender
Check some more soup recipes here. Also try some more delicious dishes – paneer kofta, tasty paneer do pyaza, palak paneer, sweet paneer curry, plain dosa, soft idli, paneer curry, aloo chokha with paneer etc.