OMG! How I love Indian style foods. I made this delicious Indian spicy black lentil soup with my own twist to it. And it tasted so delicious.
Indian Spicy Hot Black Lentil Soup Recipe
*16 oz bag of black pardina lentils (soaked overnight before cooking, then rinse thoroughly and strain)
* Enough Water to cover the lentils
1Tbsp of fresh minced garlic
1 medium very finely chopped onion
2 medium plum tomatoes chopped
2 Tbsp of Indian Marsala spice
1 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp of red hot chili pepper
1 tsp white pepper
1 whole small hot chili’s or jalapeño chopped
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp of cumin
1 cup chopped carrots
1 half stalk of very finely chopped celery
½ cup green peppers chopped
½ cup red peppers chopped
1 Tbsp sugar
4 cups tomato sauce or puree
5 veggie or chicken or beef bouillon cubes (organic) (Optional)
2 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp of soy sauce
1 cup of red cooking wine
2 Tbsp cilantro sauce (Goya)
*2 Tbsp white flour (add later at last 2hr cooking point)
*2 or 3 cups of hot boiling water (add half way thru cooking process)
*First I soak the 16 ounce (1lb) bag of black pardina lentils lots of salt and water overnight, then next day rinse/wash lentils in a bowl then transfer to a strainer, then place lentils in a medium sized crock pot and add all the ingredients (except the 2 Tbsp white flour, and the additional 2 cups of boiling water for later) then add only just enough water to cover the lentils no more and add the ingredients.
Turn crock pot on high the first 2 hours of cooking, then switch to low for the next 5 or 6 hrs, (I taste the lentils at the 7th hour mark and make sure they are totally soft and if not I let them cook another additional hour).
*I sometimes may have to add an extra 2 or 3 cups of hot boiling water half way thru the cooking process because the lentils soak up the water.
*I also make a watery paste of 2 Tbsp of white flour and add it during the last 2 1/2 hours to thicken the soup a little more.
It’s just something about cooking anything in a crock pot, which just makes food taste more flavorful. And if you can make fresh Indian roti bread to go along with the soup that would be an extra treat. So once the soup is served, I add a dollop of plain yogurt (curd) and it’s absolutely so delicious.