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Turmeric Lentil and Orzo Soup

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Turmeric Lentil and Orzo Soup, rich and spicy with a hint of fresh herbs. There is a version of this dish in Mauritius locally known as ‘dal pitta’ means dal (pulses) and pitta would be the pasta. I have seen my mam making it for years and it’s really a comfort food for me. She would even make her own pasta dough, roll it quite thin then cut into  4-5 inch square shapes and into the simmering mix of pulses. The way to eat it was with sauteed green leaves like watercress, chou chou leaves or anything green and a very hot tomato chutney or grilled tomato salsa. It was a pretty balance meal!  

I in the other side of the world now, see things differently and make it even more different. I made this Dal Pitta with fancy orzo pasta. Rest assured I’m not that posh, It was unplanned. When you are stook in the kitchen with 3 little ones and your head is about to explode your creativity tends to come out automagically. Have you been there before?

Turmeric Lentils and Orzo Soup
Recipe Type: Dinner,lunch, Food for a healthy mind, Kids Friendly
Cuisine: Mauritian
Author: Mira
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Serves: 8
A hearty and aromatic, kids friendly and easy to make soup
  • 1/2 tea spoon of coconut oil
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 3 garlic crushed
  • 2 chopped celery sticks
  • 1 finely chopped leek
  • 1 table spoon of turmeric
  • 1 tea spoon of cumin powder
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 2 cans of cooked lentils
  • 4 cups of water or stock
  • 500g boiled orzo (as per packet instructions)
  • Sprigs of lemon thyme and parsley
  1. Heat a big pot
  2. Add oil
  3. Fry the chopped onions till slightly brown
  4. Add crushed garlic and fry for 1 more minute
  5. Add chopped celery and leeks and cook till soft
  6. Add tomato puree followed by the cooked lentils
  7. Add the turmeric and cumin and cook for 2 more minutes
  8. Add 3-4 cups of water or stock
  9. Simmer on a low heat till it boils
  10. Add the cooked orzo pasta and stir
  11. Add more water or stock if required
  12. Check the seasoning
  13. Add the fresh herbs
  14. Mix and serve



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