Lentil Brown Rice Soup. Easy 1 pot Lentil Rice Soup with Spinach or greens of choice. 20 minutes active time then let everything simmer. Serve with crackers, papadum or grilled vegan cheese sandwiches. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe
Wash and Soak the lentil and rice if you haven't yet. (Soak for atleast 15 minutes before using).
Heat oil in a saucepan or a pressure cooker over medium heat. When hot, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and cook until fragrant or they change color.
Add bay leaf, onion, garlic ginger, chile and cook until translucent. about 5 mins. Add the spices and mix in. Roast for half a minute
Add the tomatoes and splash of water and cook until the tomatoes are saucy. mash the larger pieces. Add lemon juice, ketchup, veggies, salt and mix in.
Drain and add lentils, rice, water/broth and mix in.
Cover and cook for 40 minutes or longer until tender in the saucepan. If using pressure cooker, use 2 to 2.5 cups water, Pressure cook for 15-17 mins on stove top ( Manual 18-20 minutes in Instant Pot with natural release).
Fold in the spinach in the last 5 minutes, Or when you open the pressure cooker and the soup is hot.
Add a sprinkle garam masala, cayenne to taste and more lemon if needed. Serve with crackers or papaddum.
To make this oil free: Saute the onion, garlic, ginger and chile in water or veggie broth. then add all the ground spices, bay leaf and 1/2 tsp ground cumin and continue.Variation: Use mung beans or black eyed peas instead of lentils. Nutritional values based on one serving