Mix Vegetable Lentil Soup – Healthy One Pot Comfort Food

Mix Vegetable Lentil Soup

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In India lentils soup or commonly known dal is prepared in many ways and its a part of daily diet. Lentils are high source of protein and we must include them in our everyday food. There are many varieties of lentils which are available and cooked. This mix vegetable lentil soup is one great comfort food which is not only easy to prepare and at the same time healthy one.

How To Make Mix Vegetable Lentil Soup For Kids & Toddlers

It’s a must for toddlers and kids (even if they don’t like it). Above all it’s a healthy food. We must inculcate the habit of healthy eating in our juniors. They need more protein, carb and fat in balanced way for their energy level and brain development. That’s why doctors advise to feed lentils soup to the kid. To add benefit of vegetables, what I did for my kid was to add almost all kinds of veggies (in small quantity, may be 2 – 3 pieces) along with the lentils. Then puree them together and strain to get that smooth puree. The same recipe is equally helpful for adults. We will get nutrition of lentils and vegetable in one pot and this Saves time also. This is a great comfort food as it saves time. You can eat this as main course or as soup.

I don’t like to puree vegetables for this recipe. Its even better when you will get that bites of vegetables. This is vegan and gluten free recipe.


In eastern part of our country this recipe is one of the frequently cooked main dish (Daalma/ Daalna). Moreover this is a win-win recipe from health and taste perspective. You can have this for weight-loss diet as this will keep you full for longer. In south part sambar is similar except they add tamarind for extra sourness in it. In western part they add flattened wheat flour dough to the lentils and cook (Dal Dhokli). India is a rich country where we can see numerous variation of cooking and ingredients. Try my lentils receipes here. Read similar recipes masoor dal, dal makhani, dal tadka, udad dal, mix dal, green gram or hara moong dal soup, lauki chana dal, methi dal, dal palak.

Which vegetables can be added to this?

Lets make this delicious recipe without wasting much time. Simple recipe with minimum ingredients (except for vegetable). However there is no limitation for vegetables. You can add all your favourite vegetables to this dish. Except lady finger as it will make the whole dish slimy. If you want to add lady finger then shallow fry it first and then add it to the dal just before serving. But I don’t like adding lady finger to this dish.

I normally add potatoes, carrots, green beans, brinjals, raw banana, raw papaya, tomatoes, spinach, bottle gourd, ridge gourds etc in this lentil preparation.

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Mix Veggie Lentils Soup - An Easy & Healthy Comfort Food

This is a one pot vegan lentil soup or dal which is combined and cooked with variety of mixed vegetables. This is an easy and healthy food for kids as well as adults.
Course Dal, Main Dish, Sabzi & Curry
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Easy Less than 30 minutes Recipe, Indian Dal, Low-carb Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Cup Dal/ Lentils Toor Dal/ Arhar dal/ Yellow moong dal
  • 2 cup Vegetables Washed, diced to medium size chunks
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced finely
  • 1 tbsp ginger juliens
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida Powder

Instructions

  • Wash lentils (dal) 2 to 3 times. To reduce cooking time, soak them in water for 15 - 20 minutes before cooking.
  • Put in a pressure cooker. Add diced vegetables along with diced tomatoes. Add salt, turmeric powder. Pressure cook for 3 whistles or depending on which lentils being used. (*read recipe note below. )
  • Once the lid opens, start preparing the final tampering for this.
  • Heat 3 tbsp ghee or refined oil in a pan or kadhai. Once ghee is hot, add a pinch of asafoetida, cumin seeds and garlic. After 10 seconds when garlic starts turning light brown, add chopped onions and green chillies, ginger minced and saute till onion is translucent.
  • Add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder. Mix them with help of a spoon. Immediately transfer the tampering to the cooker and close with a lid.
  • After 2 - 3 minutes add chopped coriander leaves, 1 tbsp lemon juice and serve hot with flat breads or rice.

Method - 2

  • This is without onion. You can also skip adding garlic. Use only ginger. Pressure cook lentils & veggies as mentioned above.
  • Take a small tadka pan. Add 3 tbsp ghee. Once ghee is hot, reduce the flame to low. Add a pinch of asafoetida, cumin seeds and garlic. After 10 seconds when garlic starts turning light brown, turn off the gas to avoid burning of masala.
  • Add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder. Mix them with help of a spoon. Immediately transfer the tampering to the cooker and close with a lid.
  • Then add chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice and mix well. Serve hot.

Notes

# Pressure cook according to dal variety you are using as moong dal gets cooked in 1 - 2 whistle where as tur dal takes 3 - 4 whistles. Vegetables gets cooked in 1 whistle. So cook accordingly. 
# For faster cooking soak the dal for 15 - 20 minutes minimum.
# Vegetables I have used here: potatoes, eggplant, carrots, cauliflower, green peas, bottle gourd, pumpkin, tomatoes. 

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