After a modest investment of time this morning—chopping onions, peeling and dicing fresh ginger, measuring spices—a pot of red lentil soup bubbles on the stove and the kitchen smells amazing.  So there will be something hot, healthy, and delicious to dig into when I finish frosting my cookies.


Lentils, onions, ginger, spice
make a hearty soup in winter
Raid the pantry, peel and dice
Lentils, onions, ginger, spice
Let it simmer, steam some rice
Grab a bowl and call it dinner
Lentils, onions, ginger, spice
make a hearty soup in winter

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20 thoughts on “DAHL-LA-LA-LA-LA, LA-LA-LA-LA!

  1. Joyce December 16, 2018 / 11:16 am

    Now that warms my soul

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    • Just Joan December 16, 2018 / 1:55 pm

      Thanks, Joyce. Something spicy and savory always sounds good on a cold, rainy day. Especially when my taste buds are restless from all the sweets, cookies, fudge, hot cocoa, etc. 🙂


  2. pranabaxom December 16, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    Looks delicious.
    A good “tadka” of dried red chillies, bay leaves and five spices in hot oil will make it heavenly .

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    • Just Joan December 16, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      That sounds divine, PB. I can’t wait to try it. I have Chinese-style ground five-spice, will that work? To serve, do you just drizzle the flavored oil over the hot dahl? 🙂

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      • pranabaxom December 16, 2018 / 3:30 pm

        Roast bay leaves, dried red chillies whole (couple), black pepper (optional). The five spice we use is bought from Indian grocery stores (cumin seed, fennel seed, yellow mustard seed, kalonji, I forgot the fifth one) along with diced onions. Then pour the Boiling lentil soup on the hot roasted spice and oil, being careful not to splatter. A good roasting should result in few sneezes😂😂 once you pour the liquid.

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      • Just Joan December 16, 2018 / 6:37 pm

        We have a small Indian store nearby (connected to our favorite Indian restaurant)… perhaps they have the mysterious five-spice blend I need. 🙂


      • pranabaxom December 16, 2018 / 7:36 pm

        Luckily I have the packet. Sold by a company called DEEP. It is called Panchpuran.
        Ingredients : Nigella Sativa(no idea what it is but I think it must be Kalonji or kaljeera – black in color, as I know the other four ingredients), Cumin seed, Fenugreek seeds, Yellow mustard seeds, Fennel seeds.

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  3. Tippy Gnu December 16, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    . . . this message brought to you by the Lentil Growers of America. Your poem would make a good ad, I think. And lentils don’t get enought publicity these days.

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    • Just Joan December 16, 2018 / 2:19 pm

      Lentil Growers of America may be a shrinking entity, Tippy. You have to get on your hands and knees to find them, on the bottom shelf at the grocery store. Lentils are often accused of tasting “earthy” (read: like dirt), so they’re right up there in popularity with beets and rutabagas. But the spices and aromatics in this recipe cover up that earthiness and make them downright appealing. Lentils are full of fiber, too, something we can all use more of. So go get yourself a bag! We now return to our regularly scheduled programming… 🙂

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      • Tippy Gnu December 16, 2018 / 4:02 pm

        I like lentils, including the earthy taste. When I lived in Turkey, I would buy them from a street vendor. They dye their lentils different colors, I guess to make them look more appealing.

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      • Just Joan December 16, 2018 / 6:35 pm

        Like red and green Christmas lentils? Cool! 🙂

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      • Tippy Gnu December 16, 2018 / 6:51 pm

        There were reds, yellows, oranges, and greens, as I recall. They don’t celebrate Christmas in Turkey. And, ironically, they don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving.

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  4. humanitiesphilosophy December 17, 2018 / 3:07 am

    I was green with ginger dal envy there was no fresh ginger left the smell was so intoxicating.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan December 17, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      I’ve made a run to the store and replenished the fresh ginger, no need for envy. 🙂


    • Just Joan December 17, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Interesting question… Frost was a New Englander and they like their bean suppahs and clam chowdah, so probably one of those. His wife made it, I suppose… he was always busy watching it snow in other peoples’ woods and deciding which road not to take and stuff. 🙂


    • Just Joan December 17, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks, Lana. Lentils are cousins to beans, so they are definitely musical. 🙂


  5. krcc April 24, 2019 / 3:42 am

    yowzers, that looks soooooooooo good!

    Liked by 1 person

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