Who does not remember the feeling of a warm, hearty soup on a cold-winter day or the feeling of having something to eat when you are tired, but hate to cook/take-out the same ol’ boring food. During one of the recent rainy days in SoCal which is a rarity (May-June), it was beautiful to see nature @ her best and left me craving for new ideas. The foodie in me was tempted to make something hearty and rich in flavors/bold in taste. The outcome was almost a full meal but light enough to be called “supper”!

This lentil-dill soup is easy, healthy and overall, a delish combo with bread (I was thinking a sourdough bowl would have been handy and yummilicious). Infusing the chutney, cuts the prep time and adds a flavorful twist.

Ingredients:

Lentils

  • Use a lentil mix for soup from stores like Cost Plus (Bistro Style Lentil Soup Mix)

OR

Veggies

  • Dill – 1 cup  chopped
  • Onion – 1/2  onion, thinly sliced
  • Carrots – 1/2 cup diced
  • Tomato  –  1 full, diced
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

Garnish

  • Salt – to taste
  • Cilantro – to garnish
  • Lime –  To garnish

Other

  • Zesteez’ Tomato Chunky Chutney –  about 1 1/2 jars to 2
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1/2 tsp

Optional proteins

  • While the lentils are one of the best sources of proteins, I have come across recipes using smoked sausages to garnish the soup. You can use your imagination to experiment and improvise this recipe.

Optional spices