Tomato, Leek and Red Lentil Soup
Tamatar, Leek aur Dhuli Masoor Dal ka Soup
This is a simple, easy and filling soup. You can make it as spicy as you wish. Here I have used frozen mixed tomatoes from my garden. You can use any type you like, including tinned ones. Experiment with adding a handful of lentils to other soups you make.
Edited November 2023
300 gm. fresh tomatoes
1 tbsp. oil/butter (optional)
2 small leeks, chopped
100 gm. red lentils (dhuli masoor)
1/2inch piece of ginger
2 cloves garlic (optional)
1/2 tsp. Garam masala
500 ml. vegetable stock, made from a cube or stock mix. If you don’t have stock, just use water, salt and pepper.
A handful of coriander leaves or herbs of your choice
Heat the butter/oil in a pan.
Add ginger, garlic, leeks and sauté for 10 minutes, until leeks look soft.
Add tomatoes, stir for a couple of minutes.
Add stock/water, bring to boil and simmer until vegetables are soft.
Transfer to a blender, add coriander leaves and blend.
Sieve to remove any rough bits; seeds, skins etc.
Add garam masala and any other seasoning you like. I sometimes add a few drops of hot chilli sauce.
Adjust seasoning to your taste.
Re-heat before serving and serve with tour choice of bread, including fresh Naans.