Spicy Soupy Tomato Lentil Mix

Ayurveda lists this recipe as paachak the soup that enhances the digestion power.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4
Cooking time: approximately an hour

Nutritional Facts:
K. Calories: 288 (1210 kJ)
Fats: 2 gm. of which less than 1 gm. saturated
Sodium: 117 mg.

Ingredients required for recipe:
400 gm. (13 oz.) of chopped tomatoes
Two and a half pints (1.5 liter) vegetable mix mentioned below
1 tbsp. of vegetable oil
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 tbsp. of chopped fresh coriander
2 tbsp. tomato puree
1 finely chopped large sized onion
1 deseeded, finely chopped small green chili (not too spicy)
Half a tsp. of ground ginger
1 bay leaf
3 thinly sliced 3 celery sticks
Half a tsp. of turmeric (ground)
8 oz. (250 gm.) red lentils (washed, soaked and drained)

Freshly ground black pepper and natural yoghurt to garnish the recipe

Preparing Spicy Soupy Tomato Lentil Mix:
Step 1: Heat the oil in a large saucepan.

Step 2: Add garlic, onion, and chili. Gently shallow fry for about 5 minutes till the onions turn golden brown

Step 3: Add the lentils, leaf, carrots and the vegetable mix. Cover and bring the recipe to boil. Then reduce the flame and simmer for about half an hour until the material inside (lentils) becomes softened. Remove the bay leaf.

Step 4: This step includes adding tomatoes, puree, turmeric, coriander, pepper and ginger as mentioned. Allow it to cool naturally and transfer it to a food processor. Process until it turns smoother, you can add water if needed.

Step 5: Reheat on very low flame just before serving with swirl of natural yoghurt. You can serve that with chapatti or wholegrain bread.

Recipe for Vegetable Mix:
Time for preparation of Vegetable Mix – 20 to 25 minutes
Time for cooking Vegetable Mix – Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Makes amount of: 2.7 liters or 4½ pints

Vital Statistics for Vegetable Mix –
• 90 mg of Sodium
• Absolutely fat free.

Required ingredients for making Vegetable Mix (the quantity of 2.7 liters; 4½ pints):
3 medium leeks (sliced coarsely)
3 medium sized onions (chopped roughly)
5 roughly chopped medium sized carrots
3 medium sized celery sticks roughly chopped
Sliced cabbage leaves (3)
1 head of sliced lettuce
1 bay leaf
6 springs of flat leaf parsley with roughly chopped stems
3 springs of thyme
3.6 liters or 6 pints of cold water

Method of preparation of Vegetable Mix
• Slowly boil all the ingredients in a saucepan to skim off remaining scum. Allow the portion to boil on low flame for about an hour without disturbing or stirring the portion.
• Filter it properly but not to press any ingredient through strainer. Cover and refrigerate the portion after it becomes cool.

Health benefits of Spicy Soupy Tomato Lentil Mix

  • Ayurveda lists this recipe as paachak -the soup that enhances the digestion power
  • It Aids peristalsis movement
  • According to Ayurveda, tomatoes contain natural digestive enzymes and are found to restore the secretion of gastric juice
  • Pepper, ginger, garlic and chili are listed as kaphahara (herbs pacifying the kapha-phlegm). The recipe thus helps in relieving chest and nasal congestion
  • For above reason, the soup may help in improving the condition of sore throat or throat congestion
  • As believed in Ayurveda, tomatoes contain amla rasa that is known as hridya, good for heart
  • The Ayurvedic recipe contains fibrous food, good for intestines
  • May help in respiratory problems
  • Fat burner up to certain extent due to medohara ingredients like coriander, ginger, garlic, and pepper etc.

Author: Dr Maulik Vyas

I am a holistic Doctor with 10 yr of experience in medical/health and wellness industry. Also, I am a professional content writer with 1000s of articles published across the web. I'm available for content writing, natural treatment consultancy, business ideas about healthcare/wellness industry. I am the proprietor of company named Mouls Incorporation.

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