Bare Cupboard Soup

easy bare  cupboard soup

easy bare cupboard soup

It is* snowing!  This is pretty special considering that I live right by the beach in North Cornwall where it NEVER snows….well very rarely.  Most of the UK can seemingly be covered in a beautiful white blanket whilst we remain green / sandy with not a flake in sight.

As you can imagine it has caused chaos! Schools and nurseries are shut, shops are shut, someone has just skied down the main road past our house behind a car and there are snowmen and smiling children everywhere.  I love it!  Possibly because we are just making the most of it and fully aware that it will all be gone within 48 hours and probably won’t snow again for another 8 years!

Something that has suffered because of the awful weather is my kitchen….and more specifically my food cupboards and the fridge. Without wanting to slip and slide down to our local shop in yesterday’s blizzard I had to try and create something from very little.  I really wanted a warming and filling soup but had run out of red lentils which are normally my soup staple.  All I could find was a bag of yellow mung dal.  I had one red onion and some bouillon stock so this was my soup!  like a smooth runny dal and actually it turned out to be delicious and super filling.

It is packed full of protein and fibre, low in fat, inexpensive and delicious. Ticks a few boxes and whats more is super easy to make and freezes well.

*…it was when I started writing the post!!!

dhal soup



1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped

200g yellow mung dal, rinsed in cold water

1 tsp bouillon stock powder

1 tbsp aubergine pickle / lime pickle



Use a soup maker or just a normal pan!

Gently fry the chopped onion in a little oil until soft.

Tip in the rinsed dal and add 1 litre of boiling water.

Add the bouillon and stir well.

Simmer for 15-20 mins until the dal is soft.

Blend until smooth.

Serve and stir in a spoonful of whichever spicy chutney you have to hand.


Alternatively you can stir in some fresh green chilli and chopped tomatoes but if you are stuck with bare cupboards like I was then this recipe is just fine!