Lentil Soup

Hearty, earthy, scrumptious! That’s what this soup is all about.

Sometimes it amazes me how a combination of super simple ingredients takes any dish to its next level. This is one such dish. It uses the usual onion-carrot-celery combo for flavoring clubbed with some cumin powder, oregano and garlic and a chock full of veggies based on your preference and the end result is a wholesome delicious meal on its own.

It actually doesn’t take much effort to make this soup. Brown lentils are a staple in my pantry. They cook so fast and are perfect for weeknight meals. I also pressure cook this soup to speed up on cooking time. I don’t find any difference in taste compared to direct stove-top.

We love this soup and usually have it with garlic bread. Yum! Ms. Cupcake is a soup girl. She begs that I save the leftovers so that she can eat it as an after school snack. I really don’t mind it. It is so much better than eating junk food! 

 

Lentil Soup
Lentil Soup
Lentil Soup
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Ingredients
  1. Dry brown lentils - 2 cups
  2. Garlic - 4 cloves, minced
  3. Onion - 1 small, chopped
  4. Carrots - 2, peeled & sliced
  5. Celery - 1 bunch, diced
  6. Tomato - 1 big, de-seeded and chopped
  7. Mushrooms - 3, sliced (Optional)
  8. Spinach - 1 bunch, chopped
  9. Cumin powder - 1.5 tspns
  10. Oregano, dried - 2 tspns
  11. Turmeric powder - 1/4th tspn
  12. Salt - to taste
  13. Pepper - to taste
  14. Olive Oil - 2 tablespoons
Instructions
  1. 1) Wash the lentils and soak them in water for about 20 minutes.
  2. 2) Heat oil in a large pressure cooker over medium flame. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and saute for a few seconds.
  3. 3) Add onion, carrots and celery and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  4. 4) Add oregano and all the other powders and mix well.
  5. 5) Add the remaining ingredients. Add water. The water level should be about 2 inches above the lentils.
  6. 6) Cover with lid. Switch flame to high. Pressure cook for 1 whistle. Switch flame to medium low and pressure cook for 2-3 more whistles. Switch off the flame. Let the pressure drop by itself.
  7. 7) Adjust seasoning and serve hot.
Notes
  1. Serves: 4-5
Tip
  1. 1) I have used a 6.5 litre pressure cooker to make this soup.
  2. 2) Olive oil imparts a more earthy flavor and really goes well with this soup but you may optionally use any neutral tasting oil to make this.
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