Well, soups are one thing which really warm me up during winters. They are a favorite in my house as they are hassle free to prepare, easy to clean up, nutritious, provide you the right amount of warmth and fulfilling without leaving you lazy.
This one right here – I adapted it from another blog ‘Sprig&Vine‘ and it’s such a heart warming soup. Prepare the soup, sit in your sofa with a blanket and a FRiENDS season on – and you are sorted for dinner. Perfect meal for people living alone and don’t know much for cooking.
Also, Red Lentil or Masoor as it is popularly known is an excellent source of cholesterol lowering fiber and protein. It is good for controlling your appetite and can help in keeping you full for a longer period of time, thus helping stimulate weight loss. One more food to add to your weight loss program?
- 1.5 cups of red lentils (Masoor Dal)
- 2 tspns ghee
- 1 tspn cumin seed powder
- ¼ tspn turmeric powder
- ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 2-inch ginger pieces, finely chopped
- 1 apple, coarsely grated
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 lemon juice
- Salt & pepper to taste
- For the crispy onions:
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbspn flour
- Oil for frying
- Rinse the red lentils thoroughly by running it under water thrice or until the water is relatively clear. (Also, since lentils are stored in households by applying oil over them, it is advisable to rinse them properly to get all the oil out)
- When the water is clear, soak the lentils in 2-3 cups of cool filtered water. (Note: Soaking the lentils makes them creamier)
- Heat ghee in a large pan, and add the cumin , turmeric, and red chilli powders. Let them cook for about a minute.
- Add the chopped onions, garlic, and ginger, and cook for a couple of minutes, until softened.
- Add the grated apple and soaked lentils to the mix. Stir in the coconut milk and around 3 cups water and bring to a boil. Let the mixture cook on a low flame for about 25 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally until the lentils have completely broken down. (Note: You can add in more water if you like the consistency to be a little thinner. I prefer it a little creamier and thicker since it works as a dinner substitute for me)
- Season with salt, pepper, and lime juice.
- For the crispy onions: Thinly slice 1 large onion. Roll the slices in the flour until they are well coated. In a small pan, heat the oil and fry the coated onions until golden brown and crispy.
- Serve the soup hot and garnish is with a dash of yogurt, the crispy onions and a few coriander leaves.
There! Such an easy recipe right? Trust me, you will fall in love with it once you prepare it. 🙂