The Dalma-niac Soup !! ( Traditional Dalma gets a mad makeover )
However, this is one of my more successful experiments which helped me banish ( or to be more honest, just reduce ) rice from my diet to a certain extent. For the uninitiated, Dalma is lentils cooked with a medley of veggies, and tempered with red chilis, ghee, cumin and coconut. I have turned this into a full bodied soup that is guaranteed to banish all hunger pangs.
Read on for the recipe -
Preparation Time - 20 mins
- 1/2 cup split yellow moong dal
- 1 tsp arwa/jeera/gobindoghog/basmati rice
- 2 cups mixed veggies ( raw papaya, pumpkin, potato, carrot, tomato/green mango )
- 1/2 tsp roasted cumin-chili powder
- 2-3 tsp coconut milk / freshly grated coconut for the garnish
- 1/2 tsp ghee
- salt to taste
- 1/5 tsp turmeric
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 inch cinnamon
- 2 dry red chili
Preparation - Dry roast lentil and rice till they turn fragrant.
Cooking - Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker. Add the broken red chili and spices.
Wash the rice and lentils . Transfer to the same pressure cooker with 2 1/2 cup water. Add the washed veggies, salt and turmeric. Close lid and cook for 2-3 whistles.
Keep aside till steam escapes. Open lid and puree the contents with the help of a hand blender.
Put it back on the flame and add the coconut milk. Let it simmer for 3 mins.
Remove from flame and pour into soup bowls. Garnish with the roasted cumin-chili powder.
Note - Dalma, ghee and arwa chawal is like one sacrosanct trinity and hence I have included all the there elements in the soup. However the other two, i.e., the coconut (sweetness) and cumin-chili powder (pungency) can be omitted (though not recommended) or adjusted as per one's preference.