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Spring Onion, Pumpkin and Lentil Soup

A simple, warm and comforting soup for the cooler evenings - made using spring onions, pumpkin and lentils
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine global vegetarian
Servings 1 serving


  • 1/3 cup Tur Dal Cooked (Yellow lentils)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup Spring onion greens , finely chopped
  • 1/2 Onion small , finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger finely grated fresh
  • 3 tbsps orange pumpkin finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric ground

for garnish:

  • 2 - 3 spring onion juliennes
  • 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

to serve:

  • 1 whole wheat bread slice
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  • To cook tur / toor dal, wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Drain the water, add fresh water to cover the dal, pinch of turmeric, few drops of oil and pressure cook, as shown in this video. You can even boil the soaked dal in plenty of water for 45 mins- 1 hour until tender.
  • In a deep, heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil. Add the spring onion greens, chopped onion, garlic and ginger. Saute on a medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the diced pumpkin, salt, pepper, turmeric and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add 1.5 cups of water along with the cooked tur dal. Cover and bring to a simmer.
  • Allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh spring onion juliennes, few drops of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Toast the slice of bread on a hot skillet with a bit of olive oil until lightly crisp on both sides, sprinkle with dried herbs and serve over the soup.


You can substitute toor dal with any other lentils, the faster to cook masoor dal or even soaked split green moong or soaked whole masoor. I've added pumpkin to add a bit of body to the soup and something to chew on, so it feels more wholesome. Potato, zucchini, corn or peas are good substitutes for pumpkin. 
I have held back on the spices but you can go ahead and add a pinch of garam masala or all-spice mix, or a sliced green chilli to this for more heat.
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