Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spicy Lentil (Masoor Dal) Soup-Throwback Thursday


It may be summer outside, but I can eat soup anytime. I love this spicy Masoor Dal soup that is truly a protein packed one pot meal.  Although I did not make this a vegetarian meal, it can easily become one by simply substituting vegetable stock and coconut milk if you want to make it vegan.  Masoor Dal is readily available in Indian Grocers and some larger grocery stores in their international section.  

2 cups of uncooked masoor lentils (washed)
3 cups of water
1 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder (divided)
10-12 curry leaves (optional)
1 cinnamon stick
1 medium onion sliced
1 finely minced jalapeno
3 cloves of garlic finely minced or grated
2 cups finely diced fresh tomato
4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
red chili powder-to taste
1 tsp of dried thyme
1 Tbs of lime juice (more for garnishing)
1 cup of coconut milk (or cow's milk)
salt and pepper to taste


Wash your masoor lentils well with water until the water runs clear. Boil the washed lentils in a large pan with water, cinnamon stick, curry leaves and 1 tsp ground turmeric until water cooks out and lentils are very soft and tender (do not add salt while cooking lentils). If you need to add more water to get your lentils fully cooked do so as needed.  Remove the cinnamon stick and curry leaves out of lentils. Then set cooked lentils aside until later.
In a large soup pot, add 1Tbs of canola oil.  Then on medium-low heat saute onion, garlic and jalapeno for 4-5 minutes.  Next increase stove to medium high heat and add tomatoes and saute for several minutes.  Next add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, dried thyme, salt, black pepper, red chili powder

Now add the chicken or vegetable stock, cooked lentils and lime juice.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Then use an immersion blender or put half the soup into a regular blender to cream up. Only partially "cream" the soup... it's nice to have some texture left.   Finally add the milk (coconut or cow's) and taste for salt and seasoning.  Serve hot.  Enjoy.

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  1. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum. Have I mentioned yum yet? This looks delicious. I love lentils, especially when cooked down like this. I know I can't find curry leaves though. How would you translate that to powder?

  2. As always I love your recipe. Looks beautiful, and since lentils will forever be one of my favorites, this soup would make me deliriously happy ;)

  3. Lovely soup. I would love to have it with a bowl of rice and it would make a complete meal.

  4. first time in ur space..gald to follow u.
    Yummy soup ,perfect for this weather.

  5. Thanks for introducing me to such a tasty dish!! I have got to give this a shot! We love Indian food but would love it even more if it was made at home :)

  6. One of my best friends says that he can eat dal for every meal for the rest of his life... Your version looks fantastic!

  7. I love lentils in fact I am making a dish with them today. A very healthy meat alternative too. This dal looks really tasty, Ramona. Have a great day.

  8. Delicious and healthy soup...yum...yum..

  9. Oh Ramona...this looks so good! It snowed here in D.C. today and I would have loved to have come home to a bowl of this. I love the combo of ingredients here from all of your spices (I love cinnamon in savory food) to the tomatoes and the coconut milk and lime! I can only imagine how flavorful this is! Beautiful photo...very inviting! : )

  10. I FRIGGIN' LOVE LENTILS, so anything dal or whatever makes my heart skip a beat!!!

  11. Ramona, your dal looks SO good! I'm not a big fan of masoor but thuar or moong and I'm in. :)

  12. I'm still not feeling too hot and this soup looks so good! I love the spicy kick!

  13. OMG I love love love this soup. It sounds amazing- I love the coconut!!! I need to make this ASAP.

  14. I love those poppadoms (I never knew the name until this post, so thanks!) This soup looks really great. I've never cooked with lentils, but I love the flavors in this soup. Great, healthy meal!

  15. That's so funny! I learned that you could freeze ginger from watching RR as well! And now I too always have it on hand and use it way more often!

  16. delicious looking soup preparation looks wonderful

  17. Dal with lime and coconut - you can't go wrong! I'll try it with the veggie stock option.

  18. You are the curry queen! This looks like comfort food for any season.

  19. Wow, your curries always rock my socks! Delicious masoor dal :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  20. Although I can also eat soup all day every day, Fall IS on its way here and I am bookmarking this gorgeous dal soup for one chilly afternoon! :D

  21. This definitely speaks of fall. Mouthwatering!

  22. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing masoor dal recipe. i will try this out


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