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31 March, 2014

Lentil and Pea Soup with Ginger and Fennel Seeds

Comments : 8 Posted in : Lentils, Rice & Grains on by : Ratna

 

Lentil and Pea soup-2

On  the  finish  line,  Phew!  I  have  never  run  a  marathon.  The  Lentil  Recipe  Revelation    Challenge was  the  closest  I  got  to  one.  Ten  days,  Five  recipes.  Preparing  a  recipe,  testing  and  tasting  it,  pictures,  text,  edit….    Just  when  I   pictured  myself  stretching  my  stride  to  the  maximum  and  emptying  the  water  bottle  on  my  head  I  feel  a  light  pat  on  my  back.  It  wasn’t   Abebe  Bikila  ,  “Aaj  ki  banale?”,  it  was  my  husband  N  enquiring  what  I  cooked  today.  I  came  back  to  reality.   There  were  no  audiences   in  the  sweltering  heat  cheering  me  on  either  side  of  the  road.  I  was  in  fact  in  the  comfort  of  my  own  kitchen.  The  snow  on  the  ground  outside,  assured  me  I  was  still  in  the  Prairies.  This  is  my  fifth  and  final  entry  for  “Best  in  the  Freestyle  Category“.  This  experience  was  beyond  fun.  What  is  life  without  a  bit  of  adrenaline  rush?

Split  and  skinned  black  lentils  are  a  staple  with  rice.  I  developed  it  into  a  soup,  without  being  in  one.  I  added  green  peas  for  flavour  and  colour.  After  gazing  out  in the  white  wilderness  for  the  last  five  months,  my  eyes  refuse  anything  without  colour  now.  This  is  a  super  easy   recipe  that  can  be  enjoyed  with  either  Naan  or  any  crusty  bread.

Lentil and Pea soup

Eta  Gawrom  kale  khetam  na?”,  We  enjoyed  it  in  summer  didn’t  we,  reminded  N.  This  lentil  helps  cool  the  body.  So  one  can  enjoy  it  as  a  Gazpacho  too  in  hot  days.  Spring  where  are  you?

Friends  you  can   read  about  my  entry  in  “Best  in  Appetizer”  here.  Best  in  Main  course”,  here.  “Best  in  Salad”  here.  The  luscious  Trifle  in  “Best  dessert  or  baked  good”   here. Please  don’t  forget  to  leave  a  comment  below  this  post,  I  need  your  help.  Part  of  the  criteria  in  judging  is  of  course,  its  popularity  in  social  media.  Will  you  “like”  this  and  all  the  previous  ones  in  the  Facebook  page  of  Canadian  lentils.ca  ?   Please.  Thank  you  so  much  for  your  time.

Recipe:

Ingredients;

Split  and  skinned  black  lentils                                One  cup

Green  peas                                                                 Half  cup

Asafoetida  or  Hing                                                     Small  pinch

Cumin  seeds                                                              One  tsp

Fennel  seeds                                                             One  tsp

Ginger                                                                        One  Tbsp  grated.

Dry  red  chilli                                                           Half,  optional

Ghee                                                                          One  Tbsp

Salt                                                                           To  taste

Method;

Wash  a  cup  of  lentil  and  boil  it  with  a  bit  of  salt  and  the  grated  ginger.  I  used  a  pressure  cooker.  Waited  for  one  whistle  and  let  the  pressure  release  itself  before  I  opened  the  lid.

Thaw  the  peas.  Put  the  boiled  lentils  and  the  peas  in  a  blender.  Keep  aside.

Dry  roast  the  cumin  and  fennel  seeds  together  with  the  dry  red  chilli  ( if  using  it  ).  As  soon  as  the  seeds  changes  colour  to  light  brown,  take  it  out ,  grind  and  keep  aside.

Pour  the  ghee  in  a  pan  on  high  heat.  Add  the  Hing  and  reduce  the  gas  to  medium  and  as  soon  as  you  get  a  nice  aroma,  close  the  gas.  Add  it  to   the  lentil  and  peas  mix.  Add  water  to  bring  it  to  the  consistency  of  your  liking..  We  like  it  a  bit  thick  here.   Garnish  with  the  ground  spices.  Enjoy.

Inside  Scoop,

The  green  peas  give  the  sweetness to  the  soup,  which  can be  balanced  with  the  chilli,  if  you  prefer.  We  like  it  with  a  squirt  of  lemon  too.

If  you  are  new  to  Ghee,  here  is  how  you  can  make  it  at  home.

by  Ratna

8s COMMENTS

8 thoughts on : Lentil and Pea Soup with Ginger and Fennel Seeds

    • admin
      April 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks for visiting Lail

  • April 1, 2014 at 12:50 am

    So glad you joined the challenge! It is fun, isn’t it? How did I miss all your posts. Lovely recipes and great read. I had fun in this challenge. I think we all need to push our limits at times and do things like this. 🙂 And your soup looks lovely.

    • admin
      April 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you for letting us know about the challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for your kind words Debjani

  • Amrita
    March 31, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Looks delicious!

    • admin
      April 1, 2014 at 12:03 am

      Thanks Amrita!

  • The Mackinnons
    March 31, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Looks like this will be a change up from our regular pea soup. We will definitely try this recipe too.
    Thank you

    • admin
      April 1, 2014 at 12:08 am

      Let me know how it goes.
      Thanks for the comment.

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