Hi Cath, I pretty much invent my Indian recepies... but I bought 2 Indian Recipe books to guide me...
In a large Pot
1 cup of Orange or Green Split Lentils
1 teaspoon of Turmeric powder or Hot Curry powder
1 thinly sliced (in rings) hot green peper
add water (a bit more than 1 inch over your lentils)
boil for about 20 -25 min until tender and has reduced to a soup consitency... add water if soup is too thick.
in a seperate non-stick frying pan
add 1 soup spoon of Olive Oil
add 1/4 teaspoon of Cumin Seeds
add 1/4 teaspoon of black Mustard Seeds
fry until they start to pop
add 1 garlic clove (I use the puréd kind in a jar) 1 teasp
add 1" of finely chopped Ginger (I use the puréd kind in a jar) 1 teasp
add 1/2 teaspoon of Coriander Powder
add 1 1/2 teaspoon of Garam Masala
Once the Lentils are cooked, add the onion and spice mixture to the lentils & cook about 5 minutes more or until desired consitency.
Salt to taste
I usually add at the end when I'm tasting my soup more Garam Masala, Curry Powder, Salt & Pepper and any of the indian spices above until it tastes good to me...
I hope this is correct... I just did it from memory...
I hope I've posted this one correctly... this is my 3rd try...