spinach-lentil chicken soup

Healthy, healthy, Yummy, yummy…

Every Sunday night I ask this question to myself: “why do weekends go so fast???” I guess none has the answer for that. I had a pretty good weekend; got a massage on Saturday, did some shopping, did some reading etc etc. Before I knew it’s Sunday night and as always I was running around trying to finish up all the chores. I was tempted to skip making dinner and be happy with the leftover food. As I opened the refrigerator, the view inside of it packed with all fresh veggies and fruits put a smile on my face. This time, I was more tempted to take the spinach out of the refrigerator and make something out of it. First thought was Spinach chicken, so I went with it. Then, I felt like adding red lentil also, so I first cooked the red lentils, then spinach and the chicken and combined everything together. I was thinking spinach lentil chicken curry, but I found it excellent as a soup. It can be enjoyed as it is or can be eaten along with rice, it’s totally your choice. I have to tell you, this dish tasted so so tasty and it’s very very healthy. After making a delicious dish on a Sunday night, I feel much better and I am all set to welcome the week.

Have a great week ahead everyone, be happy and make others happy!

We did have get some snow last weekend, it wasn’t that crazy though. Snow always wakes up the kid in me, this is what happens when I am out in the snow :)

thas winterSpinach Lentil Chicken Soup

spinach lentil chicken soup

Spinach Lentil Chicken Soup - Healthy
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 5
Ingredients
To make spinach Puree
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Onion, chopped- 1, large
  • Spinach- 5 cups, measured in a liquid measuring cup
  • Salt- a few pinches
  • Water- ¾ cup
To cook lentils
  • Red lentils- 1 cup
  • Water- 2 cups
  • Salt- a few pinches
To cook chicken
  • Chicken breasts, cubed small- 2 breasts
  • Tomato, chopped-1
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Whole cardamom- 2
  • Whole cloves-1
  • Whole cinnamon- 2 inch
  • Bay leaves-2
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp
  • Salt- a little
Instructions
  1. Cook the red lentil along with water and a little salt in a pressure cooker till 2 whistles. Keep aside the cooked lentil.
Making spinach puree
  1. Place a large pan over medium heat, add oil.
  2. Add onions and a little salt, cook till onion turn translucent.
  3. Add spinach and cook till it has wilted.
  4. Transfer the cooked spinach-onion to a blender along with ¾ cup water and puree it to a smooth paste, keep aside.
Cooking chicken
  1. In the same pan used for cooking spinach, add 1 tbsp more oil.
  2. Add whole cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves, saute for a few seconds.
  3. Add cumin seeds and saute for a few seconds till it starts to turn brown.
  4. Add the cubed chicken, sprinkle little salt and ground pepper, combine well.
  5. Cook the chicken covered till it has cooked well.
  6. Add the tomato, cook till it has mashed up.
  7. Add the cooked lentil to the cooked chicken, combine well.
  8. Add the spinach-onion puree, mix well.
  9. Cook covered for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove the pan from the heat and keep covered.
  11. Serve warm as a soup or you could serve with rice.