Mauritian Red/Black Lentils Soup

At the start of confinement in Mauritius (April), I went to buy lentils and I was angry that there was no black lentils, I took red ones, though never cooked it before. Asked mom and she said to cook them same as black ones. I had made black lentils before: Mauritian Lentils Soup. So, here’s how I made these ones, would be kinda similar:


  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes or canned peeled ones
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 cups of lentils
  • Water
  • Fried onions
  • Coriander
  • Salt


  1. In pressure cooker, heat oil, add curry leaves (cari poulé). After 30 secs, add tomatoes, thyme, 2 tsp of salt, ginger-garlic paste and cook for like 3-4 mins. If you are using fresh tomatoes, then add half cup of water. I used canned ones.
  2. Wash the lentils and add that with 4 cups of water to the pressure cooker. Cover and let cook on medium-low heat for some 15-20 minutes (3 whistles). Open and check whether they are cooked. Add more water and let boil uncovered for some more minutes if it’s too thick. Taste salt.
  3. I let it cook for an additional 3 minutes on higher heat by adding half cup of water. I add fried onions at the same time. Switch off fire and garnish with coriander.

I made lentils, mom made touffé brede mooroom (sauteed moringa) and we had that with sardine salad.

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