Hubby is at a luncheon today and will probably want a lighter dinner so soup is perfect. "Dal" actually means dried bean and also the thick soup/stew made from the dried beans.
Begin by soaking your beans--either a quick soak (boil for two minutes, remove from heat, cover and let stand for an hour) or soak overnight. Why do we soak beans? Good question!
Bring beans and water to the boil then remove from heat and cover
- Soaking beans removes some of their gas causing properties from the indigestible complex sugars found in the outer skin--known as oligosaccharides.
- Soaking also speeds cooking time by up to 70% thus reducing the loss of nutrients inside the dried bean.
- Soaking removes DIRT. Beans are not washed before packaging because dampness could cause them to mold or sprout.
- Soaking also allows the beans to absorb liquid more slowly thus preventing them from splitting open while cooking.
- NOTE: Always discard the soaking water (it's dirty!) and rinse beans again before cooking.
Clean, soaked split peas
1 1-lb. bag yellow split peas
2 celery stalks
1 large or 2 medium carrots
1 to 2 TBL olive oil
1 TBL curry powder (or to taste)
1 TBL lemon juice
1 bay leaf
Salt to taste
8 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup elbow macaroni or other small pasta
Chop celery, carrots and onion. I chop mine quite finely in the food processor because hubby prefers his vegetables to be disguised. Chop yours however you prefer.
Chop carrots, celery and onion
Saute vegetables in olive oil until softened. Add remaining ingredients, stir, and simmer for approximately one hour until peas are tender (your time may vary depending on the freshness of the peas.)
Cook macaroni separately until just al dente.
Either remove some of the soup to a bowl and use an immersion blender to puree the remainder of the soup in the pot, or scoop out several cups of soup and puree in a food processor. Return to pot, add macaroni and enjoy!
Top soup with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream if desired.
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