Spicy Lentil Soup

This soup by MANJU JISTO is the perfect recipe to have in your weekly menu in the monsoon or winter. High in proteins and quick to make, you can add on many more vegetables to make it a complete meal accompanied with some toast.


  • 1 cup masoor dal, cooked in 4 cups water
  • 1 medium-size onion, chopped
  • 1 medium-size tomato, chopped
  • 10 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste


  • In a pan, add the oil and sauté the ginger, garlic and onion till golden brown.
  • Add the cumin seeds, chilli powder, red chilli flakes and turmeric powder and sauté well.
  • Into this mixture, add the tomatoes and allow them to cook for a while.
  • Add the cooked dal with all the water.
  • Use a hand blender to blend the mixture.
  • Take it out in a bowl and garnish it with some coriander leaves. You could also add some fried onions. Your soup is ready.

Manju Jisto is a former learning support teacher who has turned to food photography and food blogging; she is also a health coach. She currently lives in Dubai, UAE. She firmly believes that healthy eating shouldn’t be boring. Follow her on Instagram @tealthy_


Make a list of any 10 chillies found in India and the state to which they belong.
Example: Name of Chilli – Bydgi; State – Maharashtra


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