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Lamb and lentil soup.
    #17927798 - 03/09/13 05:58 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

So i promised id post this in the "whats for dinner" thread.

This recipe is nothing uber spectacular, but its good and hearty.

Lamb and lentil is a popular dish in some parts of the middle east and my recipe was inspired by those dishes

here's the ingredients (aprox)

a few pounds of lamb (1-2) (I used the bones from 2 lamb shoulders which had some meat on them)
1 cups of mung beans (shelled)
1 butternut squash cubed
half an onion diced
half a head of garlic. diced
1.5-2 tbs cumin
1 tbs tumeric
1 tbs paprika
1 tbs ground black pepper
1/2 tbs garam masala
salt to taste

1. first cut up the meat and braise it with the onions and garlic in your pot

2. add water then spices along with the mung beans and squash.

3. once the beans and squash are cooked mash the squash in the pot with a potato masher to thicken it.

4. that's it!  super easy, but it just takes a while to cook the stock etc.


I opted for squash for the slight sweetness and i think it turned out great, but feel free to add something else instead if you want or just add more mung beans!


so there you have it, easy and good - nothing fancy just good.

You can taste the beans + cumin and IMO it goes well with the taste of the lamb



you could eat this as is, on top of rice, or with some bread!

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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: Shins]
    #17927820 - 03/09/13 06:07 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Lentils are awesome...but I'm kind of puzzled about your ingredients list - they're not in there!


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: koraks]
    #17927827 - 03/09/13 06:10 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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Lentils are awesome...but I'm kind of puzzled about your ingredients list - they're not in there!





Mung beans brah!



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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: Shins]
    #17927830 - 03/09/13 06:11 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Shouldn't it be called 'lamb and mung bean soup' then?


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: koraks]
    #17927841 - 03/09/13 06:19 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

perhaps, but i believe mung beans are a type of lentil (correct me if i'm wrong) and you could also substitute any other kind of lentil you prefer :smile:


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: Shins]
    #17927844 - 03/09/13 06:23 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Nah, mung beans and lentils are really different things, but I agree that you could substitute just about any kind of bean in your recipe :thumbup: However, lentils have this particular flavor that no other bean has, so I'd recommend trying your recipe with actual lentils (I'd prefer the brown/grey, relatively large ones; not the small red ones) for the best flavor experience :thumbup:

Btw, both lentils and mung beans are pulses, perhaps that's what confused you? Or perhaps you bought shelled and split mung beans, they look a bit like lentils. Whole mung beans don't look like lentils at all (google images) and the somewhat think skins might not be pleasant in a soup recipe. I prefer to use (whole) mung beans for sprouting.


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: koraks]
    #17927850 - 03/09/13 06:28 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

OH, i suspected something like that :smile:

Honestly i dont know the difference :smile:

In indian cooking they call those types of "Dal" beans "lentils" a lot.

That's probably what put me under that impression.

Thanks for the correction though, trying real lentils next time is a good idea but that said, the mung beans worked out pretty good IMO. 


This is the first time ive ever made a lamb soup so im pretty happy. :grin:


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: Shins]
    #17927852 - 03/09/13 06:31 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Oh, I don't doubt the soup came out great :thumbup: I was nitpicking anyways, there's no reason not to use the bean of your choice in this recipe - or any other! I myself am a sucker for lentils though, so I was all :crankey: when I didn't get my lentil fix in your thread :wink:
Also,  :picdidnthappen: :lol:


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: Shins]
    #17927855 - 03/09/13 06:31 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I just thought of something.


a little bit of tomato might make a good addition to this soup.


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: koraks]
    #17927861 - 03/09/13 06:33 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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I was all :crankey: when I didn't get my lentil fix in your thread :wink:




hahaha, i am starting to see how awesome lentils can be.

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Also,  :picdidnthappen: :lol:




ah crap, *grumble grumble*

i knew it :P lol

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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: Shins]
    #17927878 - 03/09/13 06:43 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Don't bother posting a pic of how it came out after you ate and digested it though, even if you argue how it really looks exactly the same :mad:
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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: Shins]
    #17927881 - 03/09/13 06:44 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Heres the pic :smirk:

damn the quality sucks hey? lol

best i can do right now :smile:

Cellphone camera doesnt have the best colors, but then again it's not the most colorful dish :smile:

lots of orange with the spices & squash.



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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: Shins]
    #17927883 - 03/09/13 06:49 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

you know, i tasted it again and its really pretty good!

you get the bean / cumin etc. but the sweetness of the squash comes through well so its not too intense.

Then you have the overall lamb which i think does good with the rest of the soup!

I'll have to remember this one and try it with real lentils next time.


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: Shins] * 1
    #17927896 - 03/09/13 06:56 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

The color looks good, and it also looks a bit chunky, which is as it should be IMO :thumbup:

Dishes like these are always better the day after. The flavors develop over time, so whenever I feel particularly organized, I try to make dishes like these a day (or even two) in advance. Coincidentally, that's also a great solution for those days you get home late and you're tired and don't feel like hitting the kitchen. Nothing beats being able to just ladle some delicious slurry into a cup and nuke it in the microwave.


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: koraks]
    #17927903 - 03/09/13 07:02 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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koraks said:
The color looks good, and it also looks a bit chunky, which is as it should be IMO :thumbup:




I made sure not to totally mash it, i could have left it even more chunky but i like it thick :thumbup::cool:

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Nothing beats being able to just ladle some delicious slurry into a cup and nuke it in the microwave.





Aint that the truth!

im set for a few days now :thumbup:


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: Shins]
    #17937463 - 03/11/13 08:26 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

i just made a sick lamb dish

    garlic , onions, olive oil, butter, lamb, white wine, potatoes carrots its so bomb with organic flour to make gravy out of the juices. i do all my cooking by eye but holy shit if like lamb i recommend this you need dry white wine.

i thought it was going to be over cooked but turned out fantastic


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: tweekingTwak]
    #17938200 - 03/11/13 01:49 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Shins, your thread inspired me to make lentil soup yesterday. I'm commuting home now, where I know there will be a delicious pot of soup waiting for me :thumbup:
No lamb in there btw, but that doesn't matter. I put in some dried apricots instead.


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Re: Lamb and lentil soup. [Re: koraks]
    #17940346 - 03/11/13 09:14 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

niiice! :thumbup::awesome:

I'm starting to cook more and i like making soup.

I'm going to add beans and lentils to my soup more often, i think it's a good way to use them up. 

They could also be used as a meat replacement too id imagine.


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