Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Daal Palak Shorba (Spinach and Lentils Soup)

Adding to the series of healthy recipes posted recently on the blog is this Daal Palak Shorba or Spinach and Lentils Soup. It is a healthy blend of nutritious fresh spinach and protein-laden lentils with a bunch of spices to make it a yummy meal for the weight watchers as well as for a chilly wintery evening when you do not want to get out of that blanket. 
250 gms spinach washed and chopped (stems included)
1/4 cup toor/arhar daal
1/4 cup moong daal
1 medium tomato chopped
1 medium onion chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic chopped
1 sprig of coriander chopped (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Wash and soak the daals for half an hour. Now take a pressure cooker and cook the daals along with onion, tomato, and garlic and water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles till done. The daal should be more mushy than usual. 
Now transfer the daal to a big soup pot or deep bottomed vessel and add the chopped spinach. Add about 1/2 cup of water if required and cook till the spinach is done. Let it cool for half an hour and then with a hand blender, blend the soup to a smooth puree. Put the soup back on flame and add salt and pepper. You can now either heat some ghee in a separate pan and splutter some cumin seeds, chopped coriander, and crushed red chilli and add it to the soup while serving or serve it without the tempering but with a tsp of fresh cream or just have it straight from the pot (if you are a weight watcher like me). The choice is yours but equally yummy for all three options!!

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