Lemongrass Dal Soup

The lemon grass flavors of this soup are quite delightful and full of flavor.  Another cool aspect of lemongrass is that it helps flush out harmful toxins from the body.  Isn’t it great how something with so much deliciousness can be so healthy for you!  You may ask “what is Dal”?  Dal is a dried lentil, pea or type of bean which has been split.  The word Dal is also referred to as the type of  thick stew prepared from lentils, like these moong beans they start out as fresh mung beans.

Dal

With only one and a half weeks away from our wedding date, we have a crazy busy week ahead of us.  I made a big batch of soup and a large kale salad to make meals a little easier.  I can’t believe how fast time flies!  With all of our visitors coming I am sure there will be some beach picnics involved with all this food.

 One of my my most favorite people, Tanya,  is able to pull off coming to our wedding all the way from Switzerland; I couldn’t be more thrilled!  I also can’t get over the fact that five of my closest friends are renting a house only one house away from ours.  Also my mom, Ang and the boys are staying with us too; I am soooo excited about this!

Lemongrass-Dal

I believe the flavors of this soup are best complimented by a white wine, like a Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc or for a Red, a Red Rioja Or Pinot Noir.

Lemongrass-Dal-Soup

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Recipe: Approx. 6 – 8 servings

  • 1/2 Large White Onion – diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic – minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger Root – microplaned
  • 1 Serrano Pepper – minced
  • 2 – 3 Tablespoons Chili Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 Unsalted Vegetable Bouillon Cube
  • 2 Cups Yellow Moong Dal Lentils
  • 10 Cups Filtered Water
  • 1 – 2 Stocks Fresh Lemongrass
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice – Fresh squeezed
  • 2 Teaspoons Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro

Garnish options:

  • Fresh cilantro
  • Chili oil
  • Micro sprouts

Instructions:

Dice the onion and add to a 4 to 5 1/2 quart soup pot or dutch oven along with the olive oil.  Sauté on medium heat.
Mince the garlic and Serrano, microplane the ginger, add to onions and sauté for about 10 – 15 minutes or until garlic is slightly golden.
 Add wine and bouillon.  Mash bouillon cube to dissolve and cook until wine is syrupy.
While onions are cooking, measure lentils, sort for any rocks and rinse.  Set aside.
Cut lemon grass into about 2 inch pieces. Set aside.
When the onions are finished cooking add water, lentils, and lemongrass.  Turn heat to high, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer (in between low and medium-low).  Simmer for about an hour or until lentils is completely soft.
While lentils are cooking wash and dry cilantro.  Pick off the leaves, measure and mince.  Set aside.
When the lentils are finished cooking add lime juice, turmeric, coriander, salt and cilantro.
Puree soup in a food processor or with an immersion blender until smooth.
Health benefits:
Lemongrass is great for the heart and supports healthy cholesterol levels.  It is cleansing, flushes out harmful toxic waste, helps with detoxification and supports the liver and kidney.  Lemongrass helps with the stimulation of bowel function and improves digestion.  Due to its sedative and hypnotic properties, try a cup of lemongrass tea to help with insomnia by increasing the length and quality of sleep.  It can help improve glucose and maintain ideal levels of insulin.  It is great for any respiratory conditions such as colds or asthma.  Lemongrass contains citral, which helps in hindering the growth of hepatic cancer cells in the beginning phases and also stops any more cancerous cells in being produced.

Moong beans have a low glycemic index, which is great for diabetics. They are a great source of protein, rich in soluble dietary fiber and also known to help with lowering bad LDL cholesterol.  Moong beans have protease inhibitors, which are known to prevent cancer and to prevent the formation of cancer and tumor cells.

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