Indian-Spiced Whole Green Moong Lentil Soup Garnished with Cashews & Cilantro
Alright, so I realize after my first day of working a real full-time job that things are going to get really busy. I know myself well and I know after a long day especially if I'm working an evening shift until 9 or 10 pm I'm not going to want to make any fancy meals. I also know that its going to become hard to go to the gym. One thing I can do though is maintain a healthy diet.
I remember when my brother and I were younger, we used to hate these dals and barely ate them. Now, I have learned that this was actually a really healthy recipe and I have it all the time! It's delicious & easy to cook. I have it for lunch or dinner. Sometimes for both!
This recipe is perfect because it so simple. I leave the moong dal in a slow cooker overnight so it is cooked by the morning. All I have to do is add some cumin, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and spices to make this lentil soup. Easy right?
Green Moong is a great source of protein & dietary fiber! Here are additional nutritional facts about this wonderful whole green moong bean/lentil.
1 cup Moong daal
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cups water
2 cloves garlic, minced or sliced
1 tbsp. grated ginger
2 green chilis, crushed
1/8 tsp turmeric
2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 of a lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste
some cilantro & cashews
1. *Overnight* place 2 1/2 cups of water and 1 cup of moong dal to cook
2. In the morning or when ready to cook, heat a skillet with olive oil.
3. Add cumin seeds first. Then garlic, ginger, and green chili.
4. Once the garlic has turned golden brown, add the turmeric, salt, and red chili powder. Stir.
5. Add onions & tomatoes. Cook 2 minutes.
6. Add the moong dal to the skillet along with 2 cups of water. Add more water if you want to liquify
the soup. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
7. Squeeze half of a lemon over the dal. Stir for a minute so the spices and lemon blend well.
8. Garnish with cashews & cilantro or anything else you prefer!
I like the chunky moong dal in my soup but you can also use a blender to liquify the soup so the moong dal is not visible.