Thrifty Lentil Soup

 

I had posted this recipe on my blog as part a group posting for the 'Food Bloggers against Hunger' Campaign that was organized earlier this year. Its a simple Lentil dal creation, which can be morphed into 2 avatars, a hearty Stew to be scarfed down over the kitchen table or counter, or a silky smooth creation, elegantly dressed up to be served at a sit down DInner. The versatility of this soup is that its flavor variants are limited only by the number of spice blends that are available in the market

What you will need

1 cup Split red Masoor lentils

3-4 cups water

2 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

2 large onions, grated

1-2 cloves garlic minced finely

1 tablespoon minced ginger root

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 pinch turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon of Garam masala (or your choice of spice blend curry powder, Harissa,berbere

Chopped cilantro or dill weed for garnish

1/2 cup sour cream or plain whisked yogurt

3-4 wedges of lime

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