Pumpkin-Lentil Soup

 

 

Pumpkin SOup

 

G is at the moment on soft food and prefers mushy food that can be swallowed easily, and with his choice being limited ( a very fussy eater) I have to look for healthy and appetizing dishes.  Pumpkin is perhaps one of the softest veggies and normally the soup uses oven-roasted pumpkin, which gets caramelized but the quantity becomes less as there is loss of water and reduction. I chose to pan roast it … sauteing and  add some cooked lentil to enhance protein factor and improve the bulk of the soup. It tasted really good and G was happy to have bowls of the soup!

Ingredients  (makes 4 large bowls)

Yellow pumpkin  500 g

Onion 2 (medium-sized)

Arahar dal (pigeon pea lentil)  2 tbsp

Turmeric powder 1small pinch

Butter 1 tsp

Salt to taste (¾ tsp)

Pepper  powder ¼ tsp

Milk ½ cup

Corn flour/rice flour 1 tsp

Dried Parsley and oregano 1 pinch each

Method

  • Wash the dal well, add ¼ cup water and turmeric powder and pressure cook.
  • While the dal is getting cooked, peel the pumpkin and cut into 1 cm pieces and dice the onion also fine.  Melt the butter in a pan and saute the onions for a minute and add the pumpkin and saute for another 3 to 4 minutes till the pumpkin gets soft in texture.
  • Cool the dal and pumpkin and blend to give a smooth pulp. If you like to bites of pumpkin blend it coarse, otherwise make a silky pulp.
  • Make a smooth paste of corn flour in the milk and keep it ready.
  • Transfer the veggie-dal pulp to the pan and cook it on a simmering flame till it starts bubbling. Add salt and milk and let it cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add herbs to the soup and enjoy it hot or cold as you like 🙂
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