Hot lentil spinach chicken soup

The following easy, delicious, gastronomically satisfying recipe came from the same place…” Necessity is the mother of all …..”

Ever since we have been consciously avoiding all polished grains, refined food etc it did not take me long to realize that to make it a permanent life style change I have to go back to our basic taste to maintain a satisfied healthy food habit. This particular soup has all the known flavours of Indian masala, is high on fibre and protein and tastes deliciously Indian ….I call it my very own desi soup!!



  • 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 2 medium sized boneless chicken breasts diced to bite size pieces.
  • 1 1/2 cup of cooked whole masoor dal ( red lentils with skin)
  • 1tablespoon of Everest chicken masala (optional)
  • 1teaspoon each of turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder.
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • 2 dried red cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  1. In a pressure cooker or a saucepan boil one cup of masoor dal (with skin) with 1/2 teaspoon each of turmeric powder and salt. Keep it aside for later use.
  2. Heat oil in a thick bottomed deep pan.
  3. Add the fennel seeds and dried red pepper. Then add chopped garlic and fry for a minute.
  4. Add the onions and sauté till they become transparent.
  5. Now add chopped spinach and stir occasionally for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the diced chicken with turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder,  Everest chicken masala powder, salt to taste and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
  7. Cover the pan for 5 minutes so that the chicken starts to leave water.
  8. Cook for a while till chicken pieces are half done.
  9. Add the cooked lentils stir for a minute.
  10. Add four cups of water and simmer for 20 minutes. Adjust the consistency according to your liking.

This soup tastes best piping hot with a slice of toasted bread!!!!!!  Enjoy y’all 🙂


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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mo
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 14:10:39



  2. Liz
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 15:35:30

    This sounds like a very delicious and healthy soup, packed with so many great ingredients. I love dal, chicken and spinach so I can just imagine what the soup tastes like. Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog too! Have a wonderful week!


    • bongcomb
      Oct 24, 2013 @ 16:30:46

      Hey Liz thank you for your encouraging words…..I have tried your nutty meat ball recipe …with just a few changes coz I did not have all the ingredients… was delicious!!!!! This will definitely figure in my blog sometime soon and I am going to mention you for the original recipe!! Thank you 🙂


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