Mung Bean Dal


I get the strangest cravings. After watching an episode of Sense8, Season 2 on Netflix where a family is arguing at dinner and releasing the tension by passing around the dal, I knew I had to have some soon. So I made this recipe.

2 cups mung beans
1 red onion, chopped
2 teaspoons garlic power
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Soak mung beans for at least 4 hours. (I have soaked them longer, changing the water after 12 hours until they’ve sprouted and refrigerated them until ready to make the soup.)
Drain and rinse beans. Place in a large pot and add enough water to cover plus and inch more. Add in chopped onions and spices. Cook over medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally until beans are soft, about 20-25 minutes. Add water as necessary to keep beans submerged.
Carefully purée the soup in a blender until smooth. Add water to desired consistency if too thick. Serve immediately. Soup may be refrigerated or frozen.

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