Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny_Soup1 carrot cut into small pieces

1 turnip cut into small pieces ½ cup cut frozen green beans

1 medium onion chopped (small) ½ cup frozen peas

1 sliced bell pepper

1 large tomato ½ cup tomato sauce ½ tsp oregano leaves

1 tablespoon corn starch ½ tsp thyme leaves

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp paprika 1 tsp turmeric powder ½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp garam masala 8 cups of water ¼ cup of rice

¼ cup yellow (also known as toor ) split lentils

Couple bay leaves – 1 or 2 to taste Salt for to taste

One tablespoon ghee/ oil

1 tablespoon ginger & garlic paste

2 Serrano peppers thinly sliced (optional)

Wash and soak lentils and rice for 30 minutes. In a deep stock pot, brown cumin seeds in the ghee/ oil. Add onion and continue to cook for another minute. At this point you will already start to smell the hearty flavorful hearty , flavorful aroma. Now add bay leaves , ginger and garlic paste and stir for about 30 seconds. Add paprika, turmeric, garam masala, and tomato sauce. Continue to stir. Add toor split lentils and all the vegetables along with water, salt, crushed green chili, and black pepper. Cover it, and bring to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium-low. Add oregano and thyme leaves and let it cook until the vegetables are tender. It may take approximately twenty-five minutes. If you are cooking in a pressure cooker, cover with the lid tight pressure sealed lid and wait for the whistle. When you hear the whistle , turn off the heat after two minutes and let it cool down for 15 minutes. After it cools down, remove the bay leaves and give it a good stir. Pour yourself a big bowl and enjoy! A few options: When you open the lid and you notice the soup is thick then you may need to add water to make the soup not so thick the consistency you desire . You can also add two tablespoons of low-fat milk in your hot soup before eating to cool it down. You can take a spoonful of low-fat sour cream and put it on the soup . You may garnish it with a few mint leaves or cilantro. Please do not add milk to the soup when cooking. Combining tomatoes with milk will affect the color and texture of the soup.

Enjoy!

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