Nupur’s Blog Bites #4 ~ Little Lurkers!

kitty tv!
chippie on the deck ~ keeping little lurking kitties entertained!

What fun I’ve been missing! Last night when I popped into One Hot Stove, I found Nupur busily planning for Blog Bites #4, aka the foodie packrat’s dream event.

Since I am unabashedly a foodie packrat, what could be better!

I couldn’t resist playing; goodness, I even knew what I wanted to make, right away! I hope it’s ok that I changed one or two ingredients. Since I missed BB#3 (the adaptation version!), I backtracked a bit. I promise that the subs, along with the rest, have been lurking in my kitchen for some time.

I was fresh out of plain lentils as well as tomatoes, so it was moth dal and tomato paste (from that tiny can, you know, you bought it to use one tablespoon in some recipe, and you can’t stand to throw it out… so it’s been in the back of the fridge for a month…) to the rescue.

All for a good cause, since I couldn’t wait to try Sandeepa’s Indianised Moroccan Lentil Carrot Soup — the perfect way to use up that omnipresent half-a-bag of… umm… well, half-fresh carrots in the veggie drawer.

Everything else is per Sandeepa’s recipe, although I did use the pressure cooker (thanks, ISG!) when it came time to add the “lentils”. So, dear Nupur, if this doesn’t pass BB muster, I quite understand!

Regardless, this soup is delicious. I’ve never added garam masala to a dish until the very end — the aroma while this was cooking *with* garam masala was beyond amazing. Not surprisingly, it’s even tastier the following day; it also thickened into something of a stew.

Thanks for the delicious recipe, Sandeepa! πŸ™‚

sandeepa's moroccan lentil carrot soup
Sandeepa’s Indianised Moroccan Lentil Carrot Soup ~ simply exotic!


  1. Nupur said

    LOL at “foodie packrat’s dream event” πŸ™‚

    The soup is perfect for the event; adaptations are more than welcome as we look for creative ways to eat up food and not let it be wasted. Thanks for the fantastic entry!

    I was hoping you’d say that, Nupur! I have plenty of bits and pieces to use, too… the never-ending plight of the foodie packrat in me! πŸ˜‰

  2. Asha said

    Oh, that dal looks thick and creamy. Good for you to use those “stay in the back” fridge ingredients. I have been trying to get all those frozen food put to use too. Not much in the fridge but my freezer is fully loaded for some reason! πŸ˜€

    I know what you mean Asha — somehow the freezer things hang around here too. Time to get that summer cleaning done I suppose, before the garden grows! πŸ™‚

  3. indosungod said

    Don’t you just love the pressure cooker.

    This soup is a winner. If it masks the carrotty smell I am all for it.

    I don’t know how I ever managed without that nice big pressure cooker! I think roasting the carrots makes all the difference; their natural sweetness comes through. Goes especially well with lots of garlic, and that garam masala πŸ™‚

  4. Sonia said

    Hi Linda, I’m regular reader of your OOTG! πŸ™‚ You remember Nupur’s marathon event from last year? We all were participants and used to drop each other’s blog. And you have been at my blog be4 and dropped ur sweet feedback in some posts. πŸ™‚
    Glad you come back! This carroty soup look so good…love anything with carrot. πŸ™‚

    Hi Sonia dear — of course I remember you (and your lovely blog!) from the marathon — what fun! Sometimes too much life leaves too little time for blogging, but I always miss being here. Thanks for your kind words, and do try this soup! πŸ™‚

  5. Leila said

    Linda,Bedekar pickles were very popular in Mumbai in the 70s and our family favourite. Yes many others are less pickle. we get Bedekar pickle powder too. Try Priya’s tomato pickle too Good!
    Came across your blog only recently

    Hi Leila, thanks for stopping! I will have to look for the powder — I’d like to try making my own again. Tomato pickle, sounds good! πŸ™‚

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