Red lentils soup & grilled fish with garbutparslem sauce

Red lentils soup

1 ½ cup red lentils, washed
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4 cups water
1 Roma tomato, cubed
1 tbsp garlic-ginger paste
3 tbsp thyme (I used dried ones)
¼ cup fried onions
½ cup finely chopped coriander


  1. Heat oil on medium fire in a pressure cooker. Add tomato, garlic-ginger paste, thyme, 1 cup of water and 1 tsp of salt. Let cook for 3-5 minutes, until everything has softened.
  2. Add the red lentils, 3 cups of water and 1 tsp salt. Cover the pressure cooker tightly, reduce fire to medium-low and let cook for 15 minutes.
  3. 15 minutes later, open pressure cooker to see if lentils have softened. If not, add some more water, cover and let cook for 5 minutes more. Check again.
  4. When done, bring pressure cooker back to medium fire. There should be around 4-5 cm water level above the lentils. Add fried onions and let cook for additional 5 minutes till the water reduces to 2-3cm above the lentils’ level.
  5. Switch off fire, check salt, throw in the coriander and serve hot with rice or bread or as a soup.

Fish & Sauce

Fish ingredients
2 fish fillet cut in large pieces, washed and excess water removed
Salt & Pepper
3 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Marinate the fish pieces in 1 tsp of salt and 3-4 pinches of pepper.
  2. In a non-stick pan, heat the oil on medium-high fire. Then reduce to low when adding the fish pieces. Put the fire back to medium and let fry 3-4 minutes on one side.
  3. Reduce the fire to low, turn the fish pieces on the other side and let cook 3-4 minutes again after increasing the fire to medium.
    Remove fish and set aside.

Sauce ingredients
30g salted butter
3 garlic cloves peeled, crushed and minced
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 heaped tbsp parsley (I used dried ones)


  1. Wipe the oil from the non-stick pan used for the fish.
  2. Throw in the butter, garlic and lemon juice. It should take 3-4 minutes before it starts bubbling.
  3. Remove from fire, add the parsley and pour sauce on the fish to be eaten right away 🙂

Fish & Soup


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