I have observed that soups especially lentil soups are rather high in demand in the western countries. For me, an agonizing fact is that people confuse Pakistani food with Indian food.
For the purpose of marketing, Pakistani restaurant owners have a habit of exploiting Indian names. In my estimation, it is a shame that no serious effort has been made to promote Pakistani food. Restaurant owners from Pakistan use Indian Brand Image for business purposes and I do not think that they will change their tactic in near future. Nevertheless, this atypical approach has to be addressed because for instance, one cannot sell Vietnamese food by calling it “Thai food”.
Pakistan as a country is poles apart from India in terms of language, culture, traditions, cuisine and so on. It is the media that has given a false impression to a common citizen in the west that the said countries are the same. By no means, I intend to provide facts and figures that differentiate Pakistan from India. On the contrary, I wish to inform the readers that Pakistani foodstuff and cookeries have a very different taste and trust me it is pure fun to cook. More than often, a traditional Pakistani dish would be spicy, and rich with aroma but the spicy bit can be “personalized”.
Lentil soup is perhaps the simplest and easiest dishes to cook. So, I would like to share my secret recipe with you fellas J. By the way, in Urdu language, the dish is called as “Daal” i.e. lentils.
Now then, follow the steps below and prepare yourself for a delicious meal!
1. Red lentils
2. Olive Oil
3. Fresh garlic
4. Fresh green chilies
5. Table salt
6. Crushed black pepper
7. Turmeric powder
9. Fresh Coriander
Let us cook now:
- Take 2 tea cups of red lentils and leave them in a suitable utensil for about an hour.
- Drain the water after an hour.
- Keep the softened lentils aside.
- Now pour 2-3 glasses of water in a deep pan and add 2 tea spoons of olive oil.
- Add the softened lentils.
- Now personalize the spice level. My suggestion: one and half table spoon of salt + one table spoon of turmeric powder and one table spoon of black pepper.
- Now mix the lentils with salt – pepper and turmeric.
- Cover the pan and let the lentils boil on medium heat for about 20 minutes.
- Make sure you stir the lentils after every 5 minutes.
- Depending on how well you stir the lentils; it could take more than 20 minutes.
- Once the lentils are properly cooked; remove the pan from the stove.
- Now peel of 3-4 coves of fresh garlic and chop them into small pieces.
- Take a frying pan (a shallow one).
- Put three table spoons of butter in the frying pan and add the chopped garlic pieces.
- Fry the garlic pieces until they turn brown-ish.
- Finally pour the fried garlic along with butter into the deep pan and cover it for 2 minutes.
The lentil soup is ready. Lastly, add some fresh coriander leaves for aroma.
If you fancy a bit of hot food, add some chopped green chilies.
Enjoy your soup.