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red lentil soup

red lentils are great if there is not much time to cook – they need only about 15 minutes until tender.


  • 1 tbsp ghee (or butter oil)
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 pieces of celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 200 g red lentils
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 l vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt, black pepper

cut up celery stalks and carrots into small pieces. seperate green and white of green onions and chop.

in a large pan, heat ghee. add garlic and the white of green onions, cook for two minutes. add carrots and celery, cook for another two minutes. add red lentils, cook fon one minute, stirring frequently. add  chili flakes and vegetable stock and let it simmer until the lentils are done (15-20 minutes). right before the end of cooking time, add chopped green parts of the green onions (keep a bit for decoration). season the soup with lemon juice, soy sauce, black pepper and salt.

green lentil dāl with spinach

we had indian food tonight, consisting of green lentil dāl with spinach, bombay curry with tomatoes and coconut milkcarrot raita, rice and naan bread.  bread, curry and raita were made with recipes from the grosses buch der asiatischen kueche (but i found similar versions on the internet 1,2,3). the bread started as a disaster, as i made only half the amount of the recipe, but added the full amount of liquid to the batter. with a lot more flour and two tablespoons i was able to shape bread-like things on the baking tray, and in the end they were not half bad.

the dāl was made like this: cook 130 g green lentils for about 30 minutes until they are done. in a large pan heat 1 tbsp clarified butter (or use ghee which i did not have), add 1tbsp grated ginger, 1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes and 1.5 bay leaves and stir for a few seconds. add 200g spinach (i used frozen spinach) and 1/2 tsp coriander and cook for 5-10 minutes. add the lentils and 1tsp salt (optionally a bit water), cover the pot and let it simmer at low heat for 20 minutes. season with 2 tbsp lemon juice and black pepper. i also added 1 tbsp crème fraîche.