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2012 went by in a flash. The year was full of new beginnings for us.A new home far away, new friends, new resolutions some carried on till the end and some not worth mentioning.
New year fills me with hopes and new resolutions.I look forward to making the best of everything this year.
December is always about indulging be it shopping, eating or for that matter resting. January is always when people look forward to making changes in their lives for better. I decided to start my first food post for 2013 by including a healthy hearty soup perfect for chilly winter nights. Here at night, temperature dips to as low as 9 degrees F sometimes and that’s when you want to indulge in something satisfying filling. This is more of a full soup as I like to call it. Filled with small chunks of bottle gaurd with cilantro paste mixed in it for extra flavors. In every bite you get to taste yellow split pea along with small pieces of melt in the mouth bottle gaurd with slight flavours. It is supposed to be light on spices as it gets much of the flavors from the main ingredients.

A must for every kitchen. Super healthy and easy to digest. You can compliment it with rice if going for heavy meal.

It tastes equally good when warmed up the next day. Makes for good satisfying breakfast.

Yellow split pea and bottle gaurd soup

Serves 2 if consumed by itself, 3 if eaten with rice

  • 1/2 cup – Yellow split pea ( also known as Bengal gram or chana dal)
  • 1 cup – small square cubes of bottle gaurd
  • 1 tsp – cooking oil like canola
  • 1 tsp – cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp – Green chilli paste or as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp – ginger paste
  • 1 tsp – garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp – turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp – fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 tbsp – Finely chopped cilantro paste

Wash the yellow split peas properly and soak them in warm water. Wash bottle gaurd and using a peeler or knife peel the skin. You can leave some skin if desired.  Wash it well and cut in small chunks.

Put a pressure cooker on stove top on medium-high flame. Add oil. When hot add cumin seeds, green chilli paste, ginger paste and garlic paste. Mix it all up. Drain water and add the yellow split peas along with small chunks of bottle gaurd. Mix it all. Add salt to taste and turmeric powder.

Add 2-2.5 cups of water. Make sure water covers the mixture upto the surface. Close the lid and keep it on high flame. Let it cook till your pressure cookers gives 5-6 whistles. Turn off the gas and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

Open the lid. Mix it to see if it is all cooked. If the pea or bottle gaurd feels little hard, you can give the cooker 2-3 whistles more. Add lime juice and mix in it the finely chopped cilantro paste.

Serve hot.

P.S What kind of hearty soups you enjoy during this cold weather?

See you soon. Hugs.