I don’t really experiment with dried beans or lentils much, but I saw a little bag of mixed pulses in the store and it was just so colorful and pretty that I bought it. Thus, I had this bag of dried pulses and had to do something. So, I made some soup! Perfect for the lovely 97 degree November days we’ve been having!
Spiced Mixed Pulses Soup
Adapted from Lisa’s Kitchen
1 small bag of mixed pulses (see original recipe for exact amounts; the types and amounts don’t matter toooo much). I had channa (chickpeas), some different beans, and some different daals (lentils).
Mix together in a bowl:
1 small red onion, chopped very finely
1 tablespoon garlic/ginger paste
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Cayenne if you want some kick (I didn’t… I’m boring)
2 tablespoons ghee, butter or oil
1 small tomato, seeded and finely chopped
handful of dried curry leaves
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup coconut milk
Soak the pulses overnight (this is why I don’t deal with dried legume stuff). Drain, and bring to a boil in enough water to cover the pulses with about 2 inches of water to spare. Simmer for about 1 hour.
Mix together what I told you to mix together above.
Heat your fat of choice in a pan and add the mixture in the bowl to it; saute for 5 minutes. Add the tomato, curry leaves, hing, and salt to taste. Cook and stir often for 8-10 minutes. Add this to the beans. Pour in the coconut milk and simmer for 20 minutes.
Garnish with the cilantro and serve hot. Additional garnish: some extra coconut milk!
Enjoy. Love me some fiber, protein… coconut… yum. This was pretty tasty and went very well with sweet potato parathas. Other accompaniments would be some dahi (yogurt), or rice, or both, and a sweet lime pickle.
So many dishes, though… I can make such a mess in the kitchen. It’s kind of unavoidable especially with Indian food… or so I’ve found thus far.
So that’s my kitchen, here in our little ground floor flat. Hope you like the soup. I recommend it.