Lentil soup has been kind of a staple diet since childhood. My mom used to prepare lentil soup everyday, along with other dishes. It was kind of compulsory to finish it and to be honest sometimes I hated it! It’s not that I hated the dish itself, in fact I liked it, but this everyday routine had probably made it boring!
But after I left my hometown, I used to miss the dish and it was then that I learnt how to make a simple lentil soup. It never turned out as tasty as mom’s, but I was quite happy with it back then 🙂 I’ve been making the soup every now and then at home here in Singapore, but the simple soup recipe became kind of monotonous again! I was thinking the other day how I could twist the recipe to make it a little interesting while still keeping it healthy. So I cooked the lentil soup into a thick consistency and tossed in some stir fried lady’s fingers (okra) into the mix.
I loved the color of the dish too… yellow with some green and garnished it with some red… perfect!!!
Preparation Time: 25 minutes (excluding the time taken to boil the lentils)
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Cooking oil – 3.5 tablespoons
Yellow lentil (moong dal) – around 1/2 cup, boiled in 3 cups of water. Do not drain the excess water after boiling.
Lady finger (okra) – around 80 g, cut into small rings
Onion – 1 large, chopped
Garlic – 5 cloves, chopped
Green chili – 3, cut horizontally into two halves
Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida powder (Heeng) – 1 teaspoon
Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
Paprika – 2 teaspoons to garnish (optional)
A dollop of butter
Salt – to taste
Step 1: Heat 3 tablespoons of oil a U-shaped pan. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, asafoetida powder (heeng) and cumin powder. Stir for few seconds.
Step 2: Add 2/3rd of the chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Add the lady’s finger (okra) and cook for around 8 minutes until they are soft and almost cooked. Make sure you stir every 30-40 seconds, else the lady finger (okra) may burn easily. Add salt for taste. Transfer to a dish and keep aside.
Step 3: Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil to the pan and the remaining chopped onion. Add the garlic and green chili and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Step 4: Add the lentils (with the water) and let it cook for a minute.
Step 5: Add the fried lady’s finger and mix well. Let it cook until you have a very thick consistency. Check salt for taste.
Step 6: Transfer to a serving bowl. Add a dollop of butter at the center and sprinkle some paprika to garnish. Serve hot with bread or rice.
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