Red Lentil Soup

IMG_2308I am not original in my idea today as I saw it on my favorite bloggers site-http://userealbutter.com/2011/10/23/indian-dal-recipe/#more-8963orite blogger’s site  and it sounded so delicious. She lives in Boulder and is into all of the good things- hiking, photography, food, dogs, etc! . The recipe is so easy and comes together in 30 minutes. I like adding a can of coconut milk to replace some of the liquid. This soup can definitely take 8 cups of liquid and you can add more as needed. It is delicious served as is or over rice.

 

2 cups red lentils
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsps finely chopped ginger
4 cups vegetable broth or water (I used water and doubled it to 8 cups for a soupy dal)
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes, with juice
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp ground turmeric
salt to taste
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
1 lemon, juiced/strained to serve

 

Pour lentils out onto a large shallow baking sheet and pick out any stones or random stuff. Rinse and drain the lentils. In a large pot, heat the oil on medium-high heat. Sauté the onions until they are soft, about 5 minutes, then add the cumin seeds, cardamom, garlic, and ginger. Stir together while cooking for a couple of minutes until fragrant. Pour in the remaining ingredients except for the lemon juice. If you want a stew-like dal then use 4 cups of liquid (vegetable broth or water). If you prefer a soupier dal like I do, then use 8 cups of liquid. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes until the lentils are soft, stirring frequently. I like to let it cook for 30 minutes, because I prefer lentils that are disintegrating. Stir in the lemon juice before serving.

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