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Soupe du Jour

Here's the dal recipe for 40 that Mrs Bedina asked for a few days ago.

Sweet & Sour Dal Soup with Mixed Vegetables

dal soup:

This hearty, smooth dal soup with its pleasant lemony taste and chunks of vegetables is ideal as a tasty accompaniment to either a simple or elaborate menu. Serves 40.

2 kg mixed dried dal
12 - 15 litres water
3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons hot green chili, chopped, or to taste
8 bay leaves
2 - 3 tablespoons turmeric
1 cup ghee or oil
2 - 4kg chopped mixed vegetables like pumpkin, potato etc
2 - 3 tablespoons salt
1.5 cups lemon or lime juice
2 - 3 tablespoons black mustard seeds
2 - 3 tablespoons cumin seeds
1 - 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
1 tablespoon yellow asafoetida powder
large handful fresh or dried curry leaves
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 - 3 cups fresh chopped herbs

Wash the dal.

Bring to the boil the dal, water, ginger, chili, bay leaves, turmeric, and 2 tablespoons ghee or oil in a heavy saucepan over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to moderately low, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and boil for 1 to 1½ hours or until the dal become soft.

Add the vegetables and cook for another 10-20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and tender.

Heat the remaining ghee or oil in a small pan over moderately high heat. Saute the mustard seeds in the hot oil until they crackle. Add the cumin seeds and toast until they turn dark golden brown. Add the fenugreek seeds. When they darken, add the asafoetida and curry leaves, stir once, and empty the contents of the pan into the cooked dal.

Stir in the brown sugar and stir well. Let the dal sit for 1 or 2 minutes; then add the chopped herbs. Serve hot.


Posted by Kurma on 7/8/05; 8:01:43 PM from the Travel dept.

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Over the next few weeks I'll be teaching some classes in various cookery schools in Perth, and in the Western Australian regional centres of Bunbury and Margaret River.

it's cooking season:

Interested in attending? Here's some details...


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