November 10, 2016

Carrot Lentil Soup | Winter Foods | Cooking for One

Cooking for one can be pretty tedious especially for working professionals or even SAHMs (Stay at Home Moms) with a toddler / infant. The series this week looks at 3 quick yet tasty recipes that can be rustled up in almost no time. 

First of these is a soup. As mentioned here, my kids love soups of most forms. With the winter here yet to smile upon us (it barely lasts 4-6 weeks), this is something we make thru the year, and I was surprised it was yet to feature on the blog.

So, here it is - Carrot Lentil Soup. Takes under 20 mins to prep and cook. It can be done while you are in the shower after work (or a busy day at home). Do make this and let me know how you liked it...

Prep time : 5 mins, Cook time : 15 mins ; Serves : 1 (about 250 ml)

You would need: 

  • Carrots - 1 medium (I prefer the Orange variety to red ones)
  • Moong Dal OR toor dal (split green gram OR split pea) - 2 TBSP
  • Onion - 1/2 (halved will work as well)
  • Potato peeled - 1/2 no
  • Garlic - 1 pod (opt.)
  • Salt & pepper - to taste
  • Homemade Veg stock / plain water - 2/3 cup
  • Garnish - cream or butter (skip if vegan, or dieting :p)


  1. Wash, peel and chop the veggies. In a small pressure cooker (I used 2 litres pan), add the stock / water, chopped veggies, garlic, dash of salt. Close and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. 
  2. Take your shower / finish checking the last of your emails for the day :-))
  3. Let the pressure release on its own.
  4. Puree all together. Sieve if needed (I didn't). Let it simmer for 2-3 mins. 
  5. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Finish with a dollop of butter / fresh cream or savour it hot as is :)

Come back tomorrow for another quick dish for one pax  !! 

This goes to BM #70 under "Cooking for One" theme this week. Check out fellow marathoners here..


  1. That is surely one fuss free soup that doesn't demand attention or time.

  2. Let me try this for shreyas, he might like it.

  3. The soup looks simple and comforting..though my name is in the black list where they are concerned..tomato and hot and sour are the only two that I drink.

  4. That is one tasty and inviting soup. Have to try this one.

  5. This soup will definitely please my sore throat, inviting bowl.

  6. Wow!! so easy and healthy too..must try :)

  7. Nice nutritious soup with carrots and lentils. Looks so yum..

  8. Simple yet comforting soup,perfect for this weather.

  9. Such a comforting soup, it's really healthy too.

  10. I had a soup recipe on my list for this theme but changed it in the last minute. This such a comforting soup in winters specially when cooking for one. It is so easy to put together.

  11. What a hearty and nutritional soup. It looks so creamy and delicious.


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