….And all my life I have been referring Daal as lentil soup until the moment I actually had lentil soup! Believe me Lentil soup is nothing like Daal! The story goes like this…whenever I had Daal (by the way Daal is kind of lentil soup…confusing right! But only by the definition of it, but It’s a completely different ball game all together) in my lunch box and my (non-Indian) friend asked me what I was eating I used to say…It’s Daal…Do you know Lentil soup…it’s just like that! No it’s not!
There is a small shop near East Fall where we sometime buy sandwich from. I had seen lentil soup on menu all the time but never tried it! Thanks to the awful canned lentil soup. 😦 One winter evening I was really craving for some warm soup so I decided to go ahead and try it and from that day onward it’s my favorite. Lentil soup is a Mediterranean dish! It is a bowl of goodness and comfort, more importantly, it is very healthy. If you are a vegetarian like me, it is an awesome supplement of protein.
Lentil soup is made of Lentils (Masoor daal), carrots, onion, tomato, celery. Soak lentil night before and cook it in pressure cooker. I usually put celery and carrots when I pressure cook lentils. We both love lentil soup so I usually make a big batch of lentil soup. You can even freeze cooked lentil in small batches and use whenever you want. I don’t like to follow proportions or measures when I am cooking (I think that’s why I suck at baking where everything needs to be so accurate!)…I like to mix and match different things together…when you get overall idea of a recipe make it as you wish! Like the other day I didn’t put any celery because I didn’t have any but I put grape tomatoes because I had many!
My version is ‘little’ Indianized! I cant live without curry leaves and cilantro so in all my recipes I have to have these two things. Saute onion, garlic, tomatoes, green peppers and add cooked lentils. Add hot water (yep, never add cold water in a curry!) according to the consistency you want and let it boil. Add salt, pepper, some cumin powder. Garnish with cilantro/parsley and serve hot! It is a comfort food and I like it when its mildly spiced (Yes, I am an Indian and I do like spicy food, in case you were wondering! :))
So If are you in mood for some comforting food tonight, make some lentil soup 🙂