Indian Lentil Soup – a classic Indian Masoor Dal soup that is full of warm comforting spices, lentils and is great any night of the week!
This post is sponsored by The Arthritis Foundation. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
I am so excited to share this post and recipe with you today. I am partnering with The Arthritis Foundation to support their #LetsGripArthritis campaign. It is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. My mom has suffered from arthritis in her hands for years. Most of the people on her side of the family suffer from it as well as my father-in-law and many others in my life. I am honored to bring more awareness to the disease and hopefully one day find a cure!
Did you know that the leading cause of disability in the United States is arthritis? If you answered no, don’t feel too bad, you are in the company of 93% of Americans who didn’t know this*. There are 8 million working adults who say their ability to work is limited because of arthritis*. It affects so many people, the statistics are staggering.
Let’s be honest, when you think of arthritis, you mostly think of it as an old person disease. But that isn’t true at all! About 66% of the people with arthritis are under age 65, and that includes 300,000 children who are diagnosed*. So, it is time to bring awareness and try to end this disease!
If you are one of those suffering, what can you do to help make it better? Well, food is one thing. Eating the proper diet, eliminating a lot of sugar, and following an anti-inflammatory diet can help, which is why this Indian Lentil Soup is the perfect recipe. It is full of a lot of the spices that are known for helping reduce inflammation: ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper, and turmeric.
My mom loves to cook and get in the kitchen, but when the use of your hands is limited, it can be hard. These Cooking Tips can help get you back in the kitchen and cooking healthy.
My family loves Indian food; it is one of my favorites to make at home. Chicken Tikka Masala is one of our all-time favorites and it’s also made with a lot of these same spices. If you have ever been to an Indian restaurant, you have probably seen Dal on the menu. It is an Indian spiced lentil soup. This is my homemade version that is really easy to make. The ingredient list looks long, but that is just all the spices that are good for inflammation and give it that warm and cozy feeling!
I had the chance to try out these arthritic gloves that were provided by The Arthritis Foundation. They mimic what it is like to actually have arthritis. It was insane to put them on and see how my movement was limited and how hard it was to do things. Chopping onions and the basic things I take for granted each day, my mom and others with arthritis struggle with every day.
Now, I understand why simple things like grinding salt have been challenging or impossible for my mom to do. I shared these gloves with my family over the holidays, and we all have a newfound understanding of what my mom goes through every day.
Every day The Arthritis Foundation is working toward a cure. What can you do to help? Donate or get involved locally. Since 1948, the Arthritis Foundation has donated more than $500M in science and research to help find a cure for the more than 100 different types of arthritis and related diseases. Every year my son runs in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run in our town, which supports the Arthritis Foundation and is a small and fun way that we can help support the more than 54 million Americans with arthritis.
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- 3 Tbls vegetable oil, divided
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbls fresh ginger, grated
- 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
- 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 Tbls garam masala
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- In a heavy pot head 2 Tbls oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until they start to soften. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add lentils, water, tomatoes and salt to the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 40-45 minutes until the lentils start to break down. You can use a potato masher or a stick blender if you want your soup smoother.
- In a small skillet heat remaining tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds and cook for a couple minutes until they start to toast. Stir in remaining seasonings and cook for about 30 seconds. Add to the lentil mixture and stir well to combine.
- Taste and season with additional salt if necessary. If your soup is too thick you can add more water if needed.
- Serve with warm naan bread.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 198 Total Fat 11g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 10g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 776mg Carbohydrates 20g Fiber 7g Sugar 5g Protein 6g
*According to a recent Harris Poll survey commissioned by The Arthritis Foundation
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This post is sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.