Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lentil Soup with Cilantro Chutney

This is one of the easiest of Indian dishes that is highly packed with proteins any growing kid need. Typically, if we take dal curry along with rice or roti, we won't be having that much of dal in-take. That might be sufficient for grown-ups, but kids of growing age may need some more proteins, especially so if you are a vegetarian. A weekly dose of this soup would cover any gaps of  protein in-take, and to top it, kids would simply love this.
For the soup:
 Ghee  or vegetable oil - 1 tsp
 Coriander powder - 1 tsp
 Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
 Pepper powder - to taste
 Vegetable stock - 4 1/2 cups
 Yellow lentils (moong dal) - 1 1/2 cups
For the chutney:
 Cilantro - 1 cup
 Lime juice - 1 tbs
 Vegetable oil - 2 tsp
 Fresh, grated ginger - 2 tsp
 Green chilli - 2 nos

Wash the lentils well. Heat oil/ghee in a pressure cooker, add coriander, cumin and pepper powders and saute it for a minute. Now add the vegetable stock and the lentils. Put the lid on and when the steam starts to come, put on the weight, turn down the heat to low and pressure cook for 8 minutes. (if you are not using a pressure cooker, cook for 40-50 minutes, till the lentils are tender)
Open the lid and stir in 1 tsp of salt (or to taste). Make a paste out of all the ingredients for chutney. Serve the soup topped with chutney. If you don't mind the calories, you can splutter a tsp of cumin seeds in a teaspoon of heated ghee in a separate pan and add to this before serving for that extra flavor.


  1. WOw wat a comforting bowl of delicious soup, lovely presentation..

  2. Slurp, mouthwatering here, awesome clicks....

  3. Lovely presentation and warm soup...

  4. Never added vegetable stock in dal. sounds very healthy. Nice one Vidhya

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Lentil soup is the best kind of soup in my opinion as it is tasty, always satisfying n you get your fix of protein too..loved the idea of adding cilantro chutney..will try it :)

    US Masala

  6. The soup looks good and the cilantro chutney amazing!

  7. lovely it looks, the chutney in it sounds too good twist !

  8. Thanks alot dear for your entry.. this looks awesome:)

  9. Different way with lentil, looks healthy and yummy!

  10. That looks perfect, yumm yumm. Thank you for sending it to AWED :)

  11. I love lentil soups...It is healthy & makes for a complete meal even along with some wheat bread...
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. Vidhya,this soup is exactly the way I prepare moong daal for rice(I prepare it very thin ) sans green chutney,so next time I have to add this twist as well :)I love this soup/daal,yours looks absolutely yummy:)!!!

  13. Yummy dal and chutney, Vidya - YUM - guessing cilantro chutney was good ans spicy! YUM

  14. Lovely! I've never had lentil soup with chutney- will try it soon!

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