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Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Dhal Soup

Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Dhal Soup

Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Dhal Soup

Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Dhal Soup. Cauliflower & Dahl are a match made in heaven. This spicy, delicious soup is the ideal vegetarian meal.


Serves 4-6

1 cauliflower head, cut into florets

1 brown onion, coarsely chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled

3 tbsp ghee, melted

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp garam masala

½ tsp ground cardamom

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ cup yellow split peas

¼ cup red lentils

4 cups chicken or vegetable stock

2 cups water

6 sprigs curry leaves

1 cup Greek-style yoghurt


Preheat oven to 200°C. Place cauliflower, onion and garlic in a large roasting pan. Drizzle with half the ghee and sprinkle with cumin, coriander, mustard seeds, turmeric, garam masala, cardamom and cinnamon and toss to coat.

Season and roast, turning occasionally, for 45 minutes or until golden brown and tender.

Meanwhile, rinse split peas and lentils. Drain well. Place in a bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Combine cauliflower mixture, drained split pea mixture, stock and water in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, partially covered, for 30 minutes or until tender. Use a stick blender to blend until smooth.

Heat remaining ghee over medium heat. Add curry leaves and cook for 1-2 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towel.

Ladle soup among serving bowls. Dollop with yoghurt and top with the curry leaves.

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2 Comments on Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Dhal Soup

  • Gretchen
    August 30, 2013 7:19 am

    Just wondering…when this is promoted as a vegetarian recipe, why have you included chicken stock as a possible ingredient? I know, I know, you’d think that most people wouldn’t use chicken stock when cooking for a vegetarian…but you’d be surprised how many would read this and think it’s ok for a vegetarian to eat if it’s been put in a recipe touted as being vegetarian!!! (FYI, many of the commercial vegetable stocks available have animal products in them, too – it pays to check the ingredients when cooking a truly vegetarian meal!) 🙂

    • Dianajm
      September 2, 2013 6:56 pm

      My chicken stock has no meat in it. Massel brand. Its low salt variety is the best. 🙂

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