Spiced Lentil Soup Recipe

Spiced Lentil Soup Recipes

Ingredients :

1/2 cup dried lentils

4 dried red chilies

3 tbsp tamarind pulp

3 tbsp peanut oil

2 medium onions, sliced

1 tbsp curry powder

2 bay leaves

4 cup chicken stock

1 tsp salt

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method :

Wash lentils and soak in water overnight. Mash lentils with a pestle. Crack chili peppers and discard seeds. Soak chilies in hot water for 10 minutes. Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes, strain, and discard solids. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large saucepan, add half of the sliced onion and fry until golden brown and crisp. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towels.

Stir-fry the remaining onion until softened. Stir in curry powder, add bay leaves, and cook for a minute or two. Add lentils, stirring, pour in stock and bring to the boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add tamarind and salt. Continue to simmer, while frying chili peppers to a dark brown in the remaining oil. Add to soup, season with freshly ground black pepper. Divide soup and chilies among four bowls, garnish with fried onions.

Serves 4

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