200g Red Lentils
1 Large Onion, finely diced.
Half inch of fresh root Ginger, grated.
2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed.
2 Tomatoes, chopped into eighths.
1/2 Teaspoon of Tumeric
1 Teaspoon of Cumin Seeds
1 Teaspoon of Mustard Seeds
1 Teaspoon of Coriander Seeds
1 Teaspoon of Mild Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon of Garam Masala
Bring a pan of water to the boil and pour in the lentils, cook for 8-10 minutes until softened or almost cooked through. Drain excess water and set aside, leaving one ladle of drained water to remain.
Toast the mustard, coriander and Cumin Seeds in a frying pan for 3-5 minutes. Once toasted, partially crush the seeds with a pestle and mortar and then add the other spices and mix well.
Place a frying pan on a low heat, pour a small amount of oil in and once warm, fry the onion, ginger and garlic in the pan until the onion turns translucent, then add the tomatoes. Add the spices to the pan and mix well.
Add a ladle full of water from the lentil to the pan, then gradually mix in the lentils until well combined. Cook for a further 3 minutes or until the water has been absorbed or lentils have become thick.
Heat oil in a medium sized pan on a medium heat. Once the oil is warm, add the onion, garlic and ginger to the pan. Cook for 3 t0 5 minutes or until the onions turn translucent.
Add a pinch of salt, cracked black pepper, turmeric and cumin, stirring well for 30 seconds.
Add the grated carrot, sweet potato and celery to the pan, mix well and cook for one or two minutes until the the carrot and sweet potato have slightly softened.
Add the red lentils and stir thoroughly.
Add about one and a half pints of boiling water to the pan, mix in. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 25 to 35 minutes or until lentils have cooked. Add more water if it appears too thick.
Blend with a handheld blender or in a food processor for a smoother soup.