It's a big task for me to decide what to make for every day dinner. Every single day I spend at least 10 mts to decide on what to make. I am sure most of us do the same. Finally ended up making comfort food like lentil soup on week days.
Today's dish is one of those comfort food which is Fenugreek Leaves lentil soup. A healthy and tasty soup for cold weather.
1 cup of tur dal/red gram
1 bunch of fresh fenugreek leaves(You can substitute with dry leaves)
2 tomatoes ( cut into cubes)
1 pinch of haldi/turmeric powder
1/2 medium sized onion - Finely chopped
2 garlic pods crushed
2-3 green chillies (split length wise)
Salt to taste
red chili powder (optional)
Sambar powder (optional)
1-2 red chillies
1/2tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp jeera/ cumin seeds
Cook lentils in a cooker for 4-5 whistles, keep it aside. (Note: 1 cup of lentils needs 2 cups of water to cook.)
In a seperate vessel heat oil add tempering items, once mustard seeds start splattering add chopped onion, crushed garlic and cook till raw smell of onion and garlic goes away. Now add chopped tomato, green chillies and cover it with lid. After 5- 6 mts once the tomato is cooked add the cooked dal, fenugreek leaves, salt and pinch of haldi/pasupu/turmeric powder (You can add red chili powder/ black pepper/ sambar powder if you want little spicy). Let it cook for 5-6 mts on medium heat and adjust spices. Once lentils cooked with all the spices, turn off the heat. Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves.
Serve with hot rice along with chips or papad or Vadiyalu.
This Lentil soup is rich in protein and good source vitamins.