Swiss Chard and Red Lentil Soup

swiss chare-red lentil soup

A bowl of this soup is so comforting and is made with healthy ingredients…

I am back home after a getaway trip. I’d been eating out for the past 3 days. I love dining at restaurants and trying different food, however after a couple of days I will start craving for home cooked and healthy food. Though I was a bit exhausted, I still managed to cook a healthy and comforting dinner.

The weather has started getting better, it was unbelievably windy today but warm. In the evening, I spent some time outside enjoying the breeze and the sunshine. After that, I felt like sipping a bowl of warm soup, so made this swiss chard and red lentil soup. I love adding red lentil to most of my soups as it adds texture to the soup, also it cooks fast. I had a bunch of red swiss chard in my refrigerator, hence I combined swiss chard along with the red lentil. It turned out to be a very comforting, healthy and tasty soup…

swiss chard and red lentil soup

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Cooking swiss chard and red lentil

cooking swiss chard-lentil soup

Swiss Chard and Red Lentil Soup
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Recipe type: soup
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4 People
 
Ingredients
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger, minced- 2 inch slice
  • Dry red chili flakes- ½ tsp
  • Onion, chopped- 1
  • Red lentil- 1 cup
  • Chicken stock or vegetable stock- 2 cups (use low-sodium)
  • Red Swiss chard, chopped very small- ½ bunch ( I chopped it in a food processor)
  • Ground cumin- ¾ tsp
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Ground pepper- ⅛ tsp
  • Salt- more if needed
  • Water- 2 cups
Instructions
  1. Place a soup pan or a large saucepan over medium heat, add oil.
  2. Add minced ginger, saute for a few seconds.
  3. Add red chili flakes, saute for a couple of seconds.
  4. Add onion, season with salt and saute till onions turn translucent.
  5. Add red lentil and chicken stock, cook covered till lentils are partially cooked.
  6. I chopped the swiss chard in a food processor, hence it was finely chopped.
  7. Add the chopped swiss chard to the lentils.
  8. Add ground cumin, garam masala, coriander powder and ground pepper, combine well.
  9. Add 2 cups of water and cook covered for a few minutes till the lentils and the swiss chard have cooked.
  10. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  11. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool down.
  12. Using a hand blender coarsely puree the soup to a thick constituency. Or puree in a blender.
  13. Serve to a soup bowl and enjoy this healthy soup.

 

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