Sambar (Indian Bean Soup)
1 cup dal (split peas or lentils), cleaned, washe'd & drained
1 quart water
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon mild cooking oil
Chopped vegetables (your choice)
Chopped onions (optional, but tasty)
Sambar powder (available at Indian groceries)
Tamarind paste (available at Indian groceries)
Chopped tomatoes (optional)
Into a large pot put water, dal, turmeric and oil. Bring to boil; turn heat down to simmer. Cook until beans are almost soft. Add the chopped vegetables, and chopped onions, if used. Add 2-5 tsp Sambar Powder, and a tsp of Tamarind Paste, &/or chopped tomatoes.
Cook 10 minutes more, or until beans are tender.
Salt to taste (optional), and serve with really good vegan bread!
NOTE: For a creamier soup, puree finishe'd soup in blender.