Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 7 mins
I love having this soup at my favorite Indian restaurant(s) on 6th Street in NYC!
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil or 2 tablespoons ghee
- 1 large Spanish onion, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup black mustard seeds
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 2 teaspoons tandoori spice mix
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained and diced
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 1 lb brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed well and chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
- 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Puree the ginger and garlic in a blender or food processor.
- Heat oil and add onion and ginger and garlic, until tender.
- Add the mustard seed and cook until they begin to pop.
- Add in garam masal, tandoor spice mix, curry salt, cardamom and cayenne and stir to coat onion, ginger and garlic.
- Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the stock and lentils and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer for 1 hour, until the lentils are tender Stir in coconut milk and simmer 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in spinach and lemon juice and sugar (optional).
- Garnish with cilantro.
- Note: tandoori spice mix is available in Indian and gourmet food stores.
I cut this as when I went to my larder I just had enough lentils to make half the amount, I wish I had more as it is a great soup. Mine turned out more like a stew, it was very thick but I did like it like that. I think the amount of black mustard seeds sounds a lot but once the soup is made you will see that the amount is just fine, they give it that lovely nutty flavour when you let them pop, but I warn anyone who makes this to keep your pot lid handy or you will have mustard seeds everywhere. I have used them before so I had my lid close by me. The soup it's self is so flavoursome, and is well worth the work putting it together, the smell when it's cooking is amazing, I made it a bit healther by using low fat coconut milk and I didn't think it needed any sugar. I even liked it before you put the milk in it has such a nice taste. This will become a family favourite as we love the taste of India. Thank you so much for posting. made for January warm up 2011
OMG. This was SO delicious! It made quite a lot for just me to be eating, but I doubt any of it will go to waste because it tastes so good! I used green lentils because I didn't have brown which is why I think I had to add 2 cups more water 20mins before it was done cooking (I almost burnt it! Phew!). It wasn't very soupy, but I liked it that way. I ate it with rice or pita bread, for dinner and lunch and then dinner again.. so far. Will be eating more of it today! YUM!!!
Well I have had Muligatawny Soup in many countries and this is up there with the best and better than many - And I made it - WOW! I had some last night and I'm having more now for breakfast - I will certainly be trying more recipes from this site - Thanks-Bubbles