Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon salsa.
Here is a healthy and quick recipe for my 400 post. Thanks everyone for your love and support.

Watermelon salsa is a perfect appetizer for summer. Very easy and quick to make. Just combine everything. Refrigerate for few minutes and enjoy. If you have mango, strawberry or any other fruit then you can add them in this salsa. Use the fruits according to your choice. Bowl full of this salsa is refreshing, filling, healthy and delicious. And also great for weight watchers. You can get one more fruit salsa here.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, watermelon is one fruit you should not miss this hot season.
own as a body-healing fruit, watermelon is full of amazing health benefits, especially during the summer season. Because clearly, it is the best time to indulge in this fresh, succulent melon, as it has to offer an array of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The fruit is incredibly hydrating, with up to 92 per cent water content, making it naturally low in fat.

If you eat watermelon on a daily basis, it can improve your cardiovascular health and protect your eyes and immune system.
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You may like some more watermelon recipes on this blog.

1. Watermelon rasgulla

2. Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie

3. Watermelon sandesh

4. Watermelon muffins

5. Virgin watermelon mojito

6. Mocktail with watermelon and Fanta

7. litchi watermelon date peach Tulsi and almond smoothie

8. Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and Aloe Vera

Our this week’s 194 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Summer fruit fest suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at
foodtrails.
Do visit her space for some wonderful recipes she shared.

I have used boiled sweet corn, cucumber and tomato in this salsa. You can use red and yellow bell pepper, mango, pineapple, strawberry or any fruit of your choice.

Recipe

Watermelon – 2 cup, scooped or cubed

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup, boiled

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Green chilli – 1 finely chopped

Cucumber – 1, peeled and cubed

Tomato – 1 cubed

Red onion – 1, chopped

Freshly crushed black pepper – to taste

Dried mint leaves – 2 tablespoon, crushed

Or

Fresh mint leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Orange juice – 1/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Rock salt or black pepper – to taste

Method

1. Combine everything in a glass bowl. Mix gently.

2. I have used dried mint leaves. If you are using dried mint leaves like me then crush the dried leaves with your both palm and mix.

3. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves or mint leaves.

4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve with tortilla chips or papad. Or enjoy bowl full as appetizer.

Notes

1. You can use jalapeño, red and yellow bell pepper, mango, strawberry, pineapple, fresh coconut pieces or any fruit of your choice.
2. Add chilli and black pepper according to your taste.

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Red Lentil Soup

Red lentil soup.
A delicious comforting and flavourful soup. Very easy to make and nutritious. Serve it as a comforting meal with a dash of lemon juice or serve it with rice or bread.

Earlier made a Lebanese lentil soup with whole red lentils and loved the taste so tried this with red lentils. Its equally delicious.

You may like some more lentil recipes in this blog.

Lebanese Lentil Lemon Soup

Beetroot dal or lentil curry

Whole Masoor dal or brown or red lentils

Red lentil fritters in sour gravy

Red lentils, also known as Masoor dal, are an extremely popular lentil in India. They are grown all over the country and consumed for their various health benefits. Red lentils are extremely good for your skin and can prevent issues like rapid ageing and acne. They can also be used to lighten the skin and get rid of tans. Red lentils promote weight loss and are very good for your digestion due to the high amounts of fiber present in this lentil. It is good for diabetics as it regulates the random spikes and drops in the glucose level in the blood. It is abundantly rich in proteins and minerals, which help boost various systems in your body. It is very good for your bones, teeth, and eyesight because of this. It can reduce the risk of cancer due to its anticancer properties and is known for reducing bowel, colon, lung, and breast cancer risks. Moreover, due to its high antioxidant content, it is very beneficial for your immune system and can help prevent a ton of diseases and infections.
Read more about red lentil here.

This lemon flavoured lentil soup is very easy to make. You can use your pressure cooker to make it. But better to cook in open pot for taste. Soup will be more tasty if you will cook it in open pot.

Recipe

Red lentils or Masoor dal – 1 cup

Carrot – 2 medium

Potato – 1, optional

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Bay leaf – 1

Garlic – 3 – 4, minced

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Tomato – 1, chopped

Baby spinach – 100 gram, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 cup

Dried mint leaves – 3 tablespoon, crushed

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 5 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Zest of 1 lemon

Method

1. Peel and cut the carrot and potato in cubes.

2. Rinse and chop the spinach.

3. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add onion and garlic. Fry till the onion becomes translucent.

4. Add grated ginger, carrot, and potato. Saute for 2 minutes.

5. Now add spinach and tomato. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes or till the tomato becomes soft.

6. Add lentils, salt, cumin powder and black pepper powder. Mix well.

7. Add water and crushed dried mint leaves. Let it boil.

8. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on low heat till lentils becomes soft. It will take 25 – 30 minutes. Don’t cover the pan.

9. When lentils becomes soft add lemon zest and lemon juice. You can add more water if require.

10. Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more lemon juice if require.

11. Garnish with mint and coriander leaves, lemon wedges and chopped tomatoes or fresh red chilli. I have used small pieces of fresh red chilli.

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Broccoli With Cottage Cheese And Mixed Vegetables

Happy Women’s Day to all wonderful women.
Broccoli with paneer or cottage cheese and mixed vegetables.
Here is a simple yet delicious recipe with all the goodness of broccoli, cottage cheese and some mixed vegetables.

Yes broccoli again. My vegetable vendor brings lots of broccoli every day. And always request to buy some. Broccoli not only healthy but taste great and see how this vegetable looks beautiful with some other colourful veggies.

You may like some more broccoli recipe on this blog.

1. Broccoli with egg and tomato

2. Vegan broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne

3. Broccoli almond cheese soup

I had some different vegetables and cottage cheese in my refrigerator. So made this mixed vegetables.
Posting it from train. Going to Allahabad to attend a marriage in family. So quickly coming to the recipe. Try out this and enjoy.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Cauliflower – 1 cup, chopped into small florets

Carrot – 3/4 cup, cubed

Beans – 3/4 cup

Capsicum – 1, cubed

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green peas – 3 /4 cup

Sweet corn – 3/4 cup, boiled

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Garlic – 4-5, minced

Onion – 2, sliced

Paneer – 1 cup, cubed

Salt to taste

Tomato ketchup – 1 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Rosemarie – 1 teaspoon, optional

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Cut the broccoli into small florets. Cover with water and boil till fork tender. Broccoli florets should not be mushy. Or microwave with water for 4 minutes.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions, garlic and green chilli. Fry till the onions becomes light brown.

3. Add grated ginger and chopped tomatoes. Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

4. Add carrot, beans, cauliflower green peas and salt. Mix well.

5. Cover and cook on low flame till the vegetables become tender. Stir occasionally.

6. Add capsicum and cook for 1 – 2 minutes on high heat.

7. Add corn, broccoli florets and paneer or cottage cheese pieces. Mix everything.

8. Add tomato ketchup, vinegar, oregano and rosemary. Rosemary is completely optional. If you don’t have or you don’t like skip it.

9. Stir and cook on high heat till the vegetables dried up.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

10. Remove from heat. You can garnish with chopped scallion or onion greens.
Serve with any bread.

Notes

1. You can use bell peppers or any vegetables of your choice.
2. Use green chilli according to your taste.

3. You can use any vegetable oil.

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Vegan Broccoli Stir Fry With Lemon And Ginger Julienne

Broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne.
An easy to make and delicious broccoli made with onion, garlic, chilli, cherry tomatoes, corn kernels and ginger julienne.
Corn kernels are optional. I have added them to bring some colour in the dish. Cherry tomatoes, corn kernels and broccoli makes the dish colourful and delicious.

This week we bloghop members discussed a lot about pegan diet. Now what is pegan diet?
The pegan diet is a style of eating inspired by two of the most popular diet trends — paleo and vegan.
According to its creator, Dr. Mark Hyman, the pegan diet promotes optimal health by reducing inflammation and balancing blood sugar. However, some components of this diet remain controversial.
The pegan diet combines key principles from paleo and vegan diets based on the notion that nutrient-dense, whole foods can reduce inflammation, balance blood sugar, and support optimal health.
Major emphasis is placed on vegetables and fruit, but intake of small to moderate amounts of meat, certain fish, nuts, seeds, and some legumes is also allowed.
Heavily processed sugars, oils, and grains are discouraged — but still acceptable in very small amounts.
Because the pegan diet emphasizes nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, it may help prevent disease, promote heart health, and reduce inflammation.
To read more about Pegan diet click here.

Why we are talking about pegan diet? Well this week for 184 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #pegandiet suggested by Veena Krishna Kumar who blog at Veenasvegnation.  Visit her blog for many delicious recipes.

Thanks to Veena for introducing me to this pegan diet. Quite interesting and healthy.
Made this easy and delicious broccoli stir fry but I have a little doubt about corn kernels. I have used and don’t know whether it is allowed or not. But our group member Sujata Shukla
said that I can use it but not more than 1/2 cup. And I also Google searched and found yes its allowed.

The good news is, you don’t need any special recipes to eat a Paleo-vegan Diet. Each day, just aim for:
5 or more servings of nonstarchy vegetables and fruit4 servings of whole grains or healthy starch (such as 1/2 cup of potatoes, brown rice, corn, oatmeal or whole-grain pasta)3 servings of healthy fat (such as 1 Tbs. of olive oil, 1 oz. of nuts/seeds or 1/4 avocado)2 servings of plant-based protein (such as 1/2 cup of beans or tofu)1 small serving of animal protein (such as 3 oz. of fish, chicken or beef)1 optional serving of dairy substitute.
Source

You may like one more broccoli recipe on this blog.
Broccoli with egg and tomato

Recipe is very simple and you need very less ingredients to make it. I have used small onions but if you have shallots use them whole or half.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Small onions – 5, cubed

Garlic – 2 – 3 cloves, minced

Ginger julienne – 1 tablespoon

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Corn kernels – 1/2 cup, boiled

Cherry tomatoes – 1/2 cup

Black pepper powder to taste

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Olive or avocado oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash the broccoli well under running water.
Cut the broccoli into small florets.

2. Chop the stems into thin slices. If stems are too thick peel and remove the outer layer before slicing.

3. Heat 4 cup water in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon salt. When the water starts to rolling boil add chopped broccoli and sliced stems.

4. Keep a bowl of water with some ice cubes handy.

5. Boil for 4 minutes or till the broccoli becomes fork tender. Don’t make it mushy.

6. Remove the broccoli florets with a slotted spatula and dip into the ice cold water immediately to stop further cooking and retain the colour.

7. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add minced garlic, green chilli and ginger julienne. Fry till the garlic and ginger julienne starts to change it’s colour.

8. Add the onions. You can use whole or half shallots if you have. Saute for 2 minutes.

9. Add broccoli, boiled corn kernels and cherry tomatoes.

10. Add salt, black pepper powder and cumin powder. Mix well.

12. Saute till the tomatoes becomes little soft but not mushy.

13. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix well and remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

14. Garnish with ginger julienne.
Serve with any bread.

Notes

1. You can use more chopped or slit green chilli if you want it spicy.

2. Corn kernels are optional, you can skip it if you want.

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Egg In Green Curry Or Chutney Curry

Egg in green curry or chutney curry.
Bored of regular egg curry? Try this different and delicious curry with all the green chutney ingredients. If you don’t like eggs then you can make it with potatoes, cauliflower or any vegetables. See note for the method.

Yes here is one more recipe of egg which is called super food specially in winter.
Already shared some egg recipes. Why egg again? Well when we don’t have an idea what to cook, eggs are always there for rescue. Eggs can be stored for a month in refrigerator. And you can make it in different ways. Type egg on the search bar on this blog and you will get all the recipes I shared. Already discussed about the health benefits of eggs. We all know that eggs are world popular super food and protein rich. Today read one more article on my news feed about top 5 healthy winter snacks. Have a look.

Never doubt the health value of the world-popular super-food.
Eggs are a great source of essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, Vitamin A and D, among others.
They are known to improve heart health, manage obesity, strengthen bones, and enhance nervous system function.
Further, eggs are simple and easy-to-make.
You can always boil a couple, or make a delicious omelette.
Source

Sweet corn and cherry tomatoes makes the curry colourful. But these are optional. I love the taste of sweet corn so added it.
And not only that, it has so many health benefits.
1. Reduces the risk of Anemia. Corn is rich in Vitamin B12, folic acid and iron which helps in the production of red blood cells in the body.
2. Energy Enhancer.
3. Miracle for those underweight.
4. Lowers Blood Sugar & Cholesterol Level. 5. Helpful during Pregnancy.
6. Preserve Healthy Skin.
To read more about health benefits of sweet corn click here.

And now coming to the low calorie cherry tomatoes. These tomatoes always makes your salad and other foods beautiful and attractive.
1. Cherry tomatoes are rich in a number of nutrients that are good for your health.
When you’re trying to lose weight, the key is to eat foods that keep you full without costing you too many calories. Ten cherry tomatoes, which is about a cup, has only 30 calories. If you’re on a 1,500-calorie diet, those 10 cherry tomatoes only meet 2 percent of your daily calorie needs.

2. In addition to being low in calories, the red veggie is also a good source of fiber with 2 grams in the 1-cup serving. Even if you’re not counting calories to lose weight, making it a point to add more fiber to your diet may help you drop a few pounds, according to study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
3. Ten cherry tomatoes has almost as much potassium as a medium banana with 400 milligrams. Eating more potassium-rich foods may help lower your blood pressure.
4. Protection Against Free Radicals
Protecting your body from toxic substances that cause damage to your cells may help lower your risk of a number of chronic illnesses, including heart disease and cancer. Tomatoes contain a few nutrients that offer such protection, including vitamin C, lycopene and beta carotene, which are known as antioxidants.

Source – healthy eating

And not only healthy, this curry is also lip-smacking. If you want your curry more spicy then increase the number of green chilli. The curry taste spicy and fingerlicking.

Recipe

Egg – 3 – 4, hard boiled

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 cup, chopped

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Sweet corn – 1 cup, boiled

Cherry tomatoes – 10 – 15 or 1 cup

Onion – 1 large, sliced

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Grind tomatoes, cilantro, mint leaves, green chilli, garlic and ginger. Make a smooth paste.

2. Make some slits on hard boiled eggs with a knife and marinate with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder.

3. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Fry the marinated eggs. When the eggs becomes golden brown, remove from oil keep aside.

4. In the same oil add sliced onion.
Fry till onion becomes brown.

5. Add the ground paste. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder.
Saute till oil leaves the sides.

6. Add cherry tomatoes and boiled sweet corn. Saute for one minute.

7. Now add fried eggs and water.
When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat.

8. Cook on simmer for 15 minutes. If you want your gravy more thick cook for some more time.

9. Remove from heat.

10. Curry is already colourful because of sweet corn and cherry tomatoes. You can garnish with chopped cilantro or mint leaves.

Serve hot with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, naan or any bread.

Notes

1. If you don’t like eggs then you can make it with any vegetable. You can add boiled and fried baby potatoes or cubed potatoes, fried or sauteed cauliflower, broccoli, or any vegetable of your choice.

2. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Broccoli With Egg And Tomato

Broccoli with egg and tomato.
A superbly delicious and healthy side dish. You can serve it with toasted bread in breakfast or serve as a side dish in lunch or dinner.
If you like eggs then its perfect for you.

Not only delicious but protein, vitamins and minerals rich eggs makes it nutritious.

When it comes to great-tasting nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber.
Researchers are studying the anti-cancer properties of Sulforaphane and have come to some interesting conclusions, although more research is needed.
And is a good source of beta-carotene. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. It also provides fiber and is low in calories.
Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber. Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals.
To read more about Broccoli nutrients click here.

And broccoli and eggs are great combo.

Why : Research shows that when you add a food containing a reasonable amount of vitamin D to a calcium-rich food, you absorb about 60% more of the calcium.

“Broccoli along with other green leafy veg are one of the richest plant-based sources of calcium, while eggs are one of nature’s best sources of vitamin D – a nutrient that is hard to get from food alone,” says Rob.
Source – Mirror

Recipe is very simple and easy. I don’t have cherry tomatoes so I quartered the tomatoes. If you have cherry tomatoes use them to make your dish more beautiful and attractive. I have used Indian spices but you can use any herbs or spices of your choice. You can also use capsicum or Bell peppers if you want.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Tomato – 5 small

Egg – 2 – 3

Onion – 2, finely chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves, minced

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Cut the broccoli into small florets.

2. Chop the tomatoes into 4 pieces. If you have cherry tomatoes make them half or use full.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add broccoli florets and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix well.

4. Cover and cook on simmer. Stir in between. Fry till broccoli florets slightly changes it’s colour and becomes a bit tender. Remove from heat and keep aside. Don’t make the broccoli too soft.

5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add minced garlic and chopped onions. Fry till onions becomes translucent.

6. Add chopped green chilli and grated ginger.

7. When the onions becomes light brown add the tomatoes and saute for 1 minutes or till skin of the tomatoes begins to wrinkle. Tomatoes should not be mushy, just make slightly soft.

8. Add fried broccoli florets, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Mix well.

8. Now make space in the middle of the pan with a spatula.

8. Break the eggs and drop in the middle of the pan.

9. Stir with a spatula and break the egg yolks.

10. Stir and mix the eggs with broccoli and tomatoes.

11. Stir continuously and cook for 2 minutes or till the eggs cooked completely.

12. Remove from heat. Serve hot with roti, paratha, puri naan or toasted bread.

Notes
1. You can use olive oil or any vegetable oil.
2. Use cherry tomatoes to make your dish more attractive.
3. You can use any herbs or spices of your choice.

4. Capsicum or Bell peppers can be used with broccoli.

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Adas Bil Hamod Or Lebanese Lentil Lemon Soup

Adas bil hamod.
Brown lentil soup or Lebanese lentil soup with lemon.
A delicious comforting and filling hot thick soup is perfect for winter.
This soup is made of brown lentil or whole Masoor dal. Brown or red lentil is rich in protein, vitamins and Iron.

You may like one more brown or red lentil recipe on this blog

Whole Masoor dal or red lentil curry

Here are some other dietary and health benefits of masoor dal: Helps Stabilise Blood Sugar Level. Keeps The Heart Healthy by Lowering Cholesterol. Effective Remedy Against Weight Loss. Anti-Ageing Properties. Nourishes Teeth and Bones. Helpful In Maintaining A Healthy Vision. Beneficial For A Glowing And Radiating Skin.
Source

Sending this post to 181 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Levantine cuisine.
This week very talented blogger and our group member Sujata Shukla who blog at Pepper On Pizza
suggested the theme. Do check her blog for many wonderful recipes. She has a vast collection of regional and continental recipes.

Levantine cuisine is the traditional cuisine of the Levant, known in Arabic as the Bilad ash-Sham and Mashriq, which covers a large area of the Eastern Mediterranean. It continues to carry an influentially mainstream character in a majority of the dishes today. It is found in the modern states of Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria, and parts of southern Turkey near Adana, Gaziantep, and Antakya (the former Vilayet of Aleppo). In the broader family of Mediterranean cuisine, Cypriot cuisine also has strong Levantine influences. Conversely, some of the dishes may have early origins in neighboring regions, but have long since become traditions in the Levant.

I am sharing this healthy and delicious lentil soup from Lebanese cuisine.
Lebanese cuisine is a Levantine style of cooking that includes an abundance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood; animal fats are consumed sparingly. Poultry is eaten more often than red meat, and when red meat is eaten, it is usually lamb on the coast, and goat meat in the mountain regions. It also includes copious amounts of garlic and olive oil, often seasoned by lemon juice. Chickpeas and parsley are also staples of the Lebanese diet. Lebanese cooking derives its style from various influences, such as Turkish, Arab, and Mediterranean cuisines.
Source – Wikipedia

This soup can be serve with pita bread or enjoy it as an appetizer.
Browned onion, spinach, cilantro, dried mint leaves and lemon makes it lip-smacking.

Recipe

Brown lentil or whole Masoor dal – 1 cup

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

Garlic – 3 cloves, minced

Spinach – 50 gram

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1/2 cup, chopped

Dried mint leaves – 1 tablespoon, crushed

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 3 tablespoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 5 – 6 cup or as require

Method

1. Wash and soak the lentil for 30 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Chop the spinach leaves. Discard the stem.

3.Heat oil in a pan. Add finely chopped onion.

4. Fry till the onions becomes translucent.

5. Add minced garlic and fry till the onions becomes brown.

6. Add chopped cilantro and spinach. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.

7. Add lentil, salt, dried and crushed mint leaves, black pepper powder and cumin powder. Mix well.

8. Add 5 cup water and mix. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat.

9. Cook on low heat until the lentils becomes soft. Stir in regular intervals. It will take 30 to 35 minutes.

10. You can add 1 cup or more water if require to get your desired consistency.

11. When lentils becomes soft remove from heat and add lemon juice. Taste and add little more salt if require.

12. Garnish with mint leaves.

Serve hot with pita bread or enjoy as an appetizer.
This soup also taste great with Indian flat bread.

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