This spicy dhal curry is a lovely complex soup. An exotic blend of fenugreek seeds, yellow mustard seeds, garlic, crushed chili pepper, turmeric, and curry powder is absolutely heaven to your senses!
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups dry lentils
- 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
- 10 cups water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried chile pepper
- 4 carrots, chopped
- 3 large stalks celery, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
In a medium size stock pot add 4 cups water, dhal peas, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and soak for about 1 hour. When softened, drain and rinse well.
In a large stock pot, add 10 cups water and drained dhal pea mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1/2 hour or until peas are soft.
In a saute pan, add olive oil, garlic and onions and cook until lightly browned.
Add onion mixture, crushed chili pepper, carrots and celery to large stock pot. Cook for 15 minutes or until carrots are tender.
Puree soup in batches in a blender or food processor. Return to stock pot and add salt, turmeric, curry powder, chicken soup base and soy sauce. Simmer for another 5 minutes and then serve