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Friday, January 4, 2013

Lentils are for Luck: Indian Lentil Soup: Foodie Friday

Indian Lentil Soup: simplelivingeating.com

Italians cook lentils on New Year's Day to bring prosperity and luck for the coming year. This belief is probably founded in the fact that lentils kinda of resemble the Italian lire coin. 


lire
lire: Source: collectingbanter.com

I believe that eating lentils makes you rich in health and in money... the more you eat lentils the less money you will spend on food. They are truly cheap and packed with nutrition. Lentils are one of the best vegetarian sources of iron... need I say anymore?

I've made quite a few lentil recipes in the last year: Pumpkin Lentil Stew, Simple Lentil Soup, and Fried-Goat Cheese, Beet & Lentil Salad so I thought I give you my twist on lentil soup... (don't tell my mother) but sometimes I make lentils with Indian spices. Here is my simple soup.

Joy and Prosperity 2013,

Diane


Indian Lentil Soup

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Preparation: 15 minutes                             Serves: 6 - 8

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion minced
2 celery sticks chopped small
2 large carrots chopped small
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons of Garam Masala
1 cup of lentils (I used Toor dal dry) any kind is fine
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 32ounce (48 ounces) containers of vegetable broth 
1/2 cup  1/2 & 1/2 
Garnish either: cilantro or chives fresh and minced

Directions:

1) Heat oil in a large sauce pan on medium high heat.

2) Sauté: onions, celery, carrots and garlic until they wilt.

3) Add ginger, Garam Masala, lentils salt and pepper stir for 2 minutes.

4) Add broth and bring the soup to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes or until the lentils get soft.

5) Leave the soup chunky and add cream and garnish, or puree it with an immersion blender or in small batches in a blender.

Great with Naan bread and/or basmatic rice. 




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34 comments:

  1. Your lentil soup looks delicious. We eat lentils often, but I don't think I've made an Indian version of lentil soup. Will have to try it.

    Thanks so much for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. I'm sure you'll like this. It is a nice change on the French/Italian version of lentil soup.

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  2. Happy New Year, Diane! Delicious lentil soup! Thank you for hosting. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Thank you for hosting, Diane! Have a great weekend :)

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  4. My daughter loves lentils. I will give this recipe a try for sure! Thanks for sharing and hosting!

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    1. It's a real simple good recipe. I'm sure she's like it.

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  5. Thanks for featuring my white lasagna! Hope you had a great holiday and thanks for hosting!

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  6. Happy New Year Diane! Wishing you all the very best. Love your linky parties! ♥ Nancy

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  7. Happy New Year! My Italian grandma said to "eat ham on NY's day so you will you live off the fat of the land in coming year - no chicken or you will be scratching all year" Not sure if she did lentils - if she did, I was a kid and probably didn't like them - ha... Deb

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    1. I love your grandma's saying. My Italian grandmothers had quite a few saying too. Most are not appropriate for this blog. Ha.

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  8. Thank you for hosting! I didn't know that about lentils. We'll have to give this recipe a try.

    ~Jenny; Black Fox Homestead

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  9. Hi Diane! Thanks for featuring the cod recipe! Happy to join in today with a great, easy soup! Have a great weekend!

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    1. You are very welcome. Wonderful having you.

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  10. Hi Diane,
    Looks like a great party today, thank you so much for hosting. I am so glad that you enjoyed the Cranberry Sausage Cookies for your New Years. Wishing the very best in 2013 and have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

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  11. Thank you so much for hosting! I am finally back here again after taking a long break from link parties! But I'm so happy to do it again and find time for it again! Have a great weekend, Diane!

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    1. Terrific to see you here. I have been trying to get to your party regularly too. Happy New Year.

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  12. Happy New Year!

    Today I shared day one of a 22 day series on starting fresh. Those looking to start a real food journey, or continue growing, should stop by and see the mini-challenges in store for the month!

    http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2013/01/were-starting-fresh-in-january-day-1-clean-out-the-fridge/

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    1. Sound like perfect timing. Thanks for coming by Tiffany. Happy New Year.

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  13. Happy New Year, Diane! Love the Indian Lentil Soup recipe...pinned! I hope you are off to a wonderful 2013. Looking forward to seeing what you share this year! Thanks so much for hosting Foodie Friday, Adelina for hosting too! Cheers!

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    1. You are very welcome Mary. Hope you enjoy the soup.

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  14. Thanks so much for hosting, Diane! And thanks for featuring my soup. Have a fabulous weekend.

    Julie

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    1. You are very welcome Julie. Your soup is terrific.

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  15. This is a GREAT soup for me - vegetarian :) :)
    Never tried with Garam Masala and I'd like ot!
    Thank you for the party Diane and I hope your're having a good weekend

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    1. Garam Masala is a great spice combination. Terrific in a lot of dishes.

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  16. You're right about lentils, Diane. I used them in a recipe or two with Dorie this year but I need to include them in more dishes. And, I love Lentil soup of any kind. Thank you for the nudge.

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    1. Glad to hear I inspired one to the wonders of lentils.

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  17. I love anything with fresh Ginger. I saw your link on Serendipity and Spice. I would love for you to come by and share your creativity with my friends @
    http://www.flusterbuster.com/search/label/Fluster%20Muster%20Party

    Robin@ Fluster Buster
    Fluster Muster Linky Party - Wednesdays

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  18. Hi Diane,
    Everything at the party looks awesome! Thank you so much for celebrating TWO YEARS with FULL PLATE THURSDAY, I appreciate your visit!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

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  19. Hi, my first time to taste lentils from a Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie my daughter cooked. I think I like it. Got you from Debi's Adorned from Above.

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  20. hahaha - i often hide ingredients (namely, spices) from my mother too, diane. your lentils look great! fresh ginger is always a hit in our house.

    thank you for sharing with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up - i hope to see you again this week with more seasonal & real/whole food posts. xo, kristy

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  21. Your soup looks wonderful! I am featuring it on my highlights on the Hearth and soul Hop this week.

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