Red Lentils Soup is a very simple and nutritious soup.
It is also reffered to as Masoor Dal in the East Indian culture.
If you want to modify my original recipe which I reveal below, to East Indian cuisine, (Red Masoor Dal Soup), you may have to add Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper, Cumin, Coriander and Garam Masala, then my recipe will start wearing a Turban.
Red lentil is a type of Pea that grows in Canada, primarily on the Prairies - Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
I make this statement because Red Lentils are grown primarily in Canada.
In fact, Canada is the largest producer of Red Lentils, followed by India, Turkey and to a lesser degree, the United States.
Yet, should you ask the average Canadian about Red Lentils, they would probably think that you are from another planet.
Although, the Red Split Lentil is not popular within the Canadian Cuisine or many other nationalities for that matter, it is a major part of the diet of the Caribbean and East Indians.
It is 1/8 of an inch in diameter, maybe a little more, but not a 1/4 of an inch.
It is normally a whole pea that is split into two parts.
Here is a question, what is the big deal?
According to me, it is a big deal when it comes to the splitting of the Pea because, if you do not have the right machinery, instead of splitting the Pea, the Pea will be cracked with small pieces broken from the edges.
Consequently, when it is packaged into bags, many companies for weight purposes, place the cracked peas into the packages.
The cracked pieces tend to break even further in the bag making process, thus making the inside lining dusty, dirty and ugly in overall appearance.
Over 30 years ago, when I decided to market the Red Split Lentils, I decided prior to packaging, to remove all the cracked and broken pieces.
I went a step further and removed the dust by polishing prior to packaging.
Pick up a package of Mr. Goudas Red Lentils together with a couple carrots, celery, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, Trinidad Style Hot Sauce, and you will then understand the level of quality that goes into every Mr. Goudas brand product.
Place in a bowl, rinse with cool water.
Rinse once more and discard water.
Place in a large saucepan and add enough water to thoroughly cover the beans.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for approximately half an hour until almost tender.
Wash and chop garlic, celery, onions and carrots into slices or chop further into very small pieces.
Add to simmering Red Lentils.
Stir to blend.
Add a tablespoon or 2 of Mr. Goudas Tomato Paste, 1 tablespoon Mr. Goudas Trinidad Style Hot Sauce, salt and pepper to taste, ½ teaspoon Paprika.
Continue simmering on medium/low heat for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until soft and tender.
Red Lentil Soup is a favourite amongst vegetarians.
I did not mention Extra Virgin Olive oil, however, I love putting 2 drops in the bowl at the time of serving for presentation. I said 2 drops and not 2 tablespoons.
Try out this soup, and be creative with your selection of vegetables or other ingredients that would best suit your palate.
Spyros Peter Goudas
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