Spinach Lentil Soup - Lunch for one

Spinach Lentil Soup
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Cooking for oneself can get extremely boring and uninspiring even for a food blogger. Sandwich, salad or soup is easily made for one person, without going through the bother of making a 3 part Indian meal like roti, vegetable and dal. It is also a good way to compensate a heavy dinner buffet of the previous night. A soup like this is a perfect alternative to skipping a meal. The latter, as a nutrition doctor, I will never advocate.

Any fresh greens can be used instead of spinach and I have used Masoor Dal which are one of the lightest and fastest cooking lentils around. The 1.5L Hawkins Pressure Cooker is a blessing when cooking for one or a small family of two or for making your baby's meals. Whether it is cooking dal or rice in a matter of minutes, or making a light gravy vegetable in the cooker itself - this is one piece of kitchen equipment that I find indispensable.

Printable Version of Recipe

  1. Wash 1/4 cup masoor dal well and place it directly in the smallest pressure cooker you have. To this add a cup of well washed spinach leaves, discarding the thicker stems. Also add 1-2 cloves of peeled garlic.
  2. Add a cup of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles and 5 minutes on sim.
  3. Once the contents have cooled, puree finely in a blender. Keep aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 tsp oil or ghee.
  5. Add a tiny pinch of asafoetida, 1/4 tsp of cumin seeds and 1/4 tsp of ground black pepper. Once the cumin seeds splutter, add the pureed soup and required quantity of water to achieve the desired consistency. Bring to a boil. Season with salt and some more pepper if required. Remove to a bowl.

Serve hot with soup sticks, bread or a salad on the side.

This is a delicately flavoured soup that will also make a good option of stage 2 solid food for your baby. You can leave out the black pepper and take care to wash the spinach extra well, even if you buy pre-washed leaves. For an older baby, you can soak bread slice or roti pieces for more texture and a more filling meal.
Next time, I will add more cumin seeds, because the taste of the fried seeds and their crunchy texture was quite yummy!

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Kamini said...

Yummy recipe Nandita! BTW, I tried your homemade granola recipe yesterday....only I forgot to mix in the applesauce (I had made it earlier in the day and it was sitting in thr frig). But still it came out really good.
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Champa said...

Simple, yet flavorful soup recipe.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Healthy and filling lunch.... YUM!

Blogeswari said...

Sounds yum. Thanks

Divya Vikram said...

I am always looking forward to such recipes. Hubby has lunch at office and i always push myself to cook up something for myself. Looks so colorful and healthy!

Anne said...

Hi Nandita!
You are so right-a pressure cooker makes life sooo much simpler! Initially when I started cooking, I neither had a blender/mixie nor a pressure cooker-u can imagine how long I would have taken to cook even a simple meal! This soup is so healthy-but you being a doctor, I don't need to tell you that huh!?

I also noticed that it is a kid-friendly dish. So I thought of letting you know, that at Women’s Web, this month we are hosting the “Cooking Is Child’s Play” contest. We are inviting all the talented cooks in the food blogging community out here to share with us kid-friendly recipes that can be prepared with the help of children. I’m sure you must have many interesting ideas! There are several exciting prizes to be won so check out our website for further details and do send in your entry! Contest closes Aug 1st. We hope to hear from you soon. Please share your experience & expertise with us! All the best Nandita!

Contest Link: http://www.womensweb.in/item/food-blog-contest-kids-recipes.html

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