Nimmakaya Charu – Lemon Soup


Though this lemony soup lacks in looks, it more than makes up taste-wise. Light, subtle, earthy and flavorful with a whiff of asafoetida. Best to sip as a soup or over white rice.

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Nimmakaya Charu ~ Lemon Soup

Simple recipe with few ingredients and hardly any cooking time. I enjoy sipping this comforting soup on a cold rainy day.

Nimmakaya Charu Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 20-25 mts

Serves 4-5

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup cooked moong dal, mashed

juice of 2 lemons

4 cups water

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 small tomato, finely chopped (optional)

2-3 green chillis slit

large pinch turmeric pwd

salt to taste

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tbsp oil

pinch of mustard seeds (optional)

pinch of cumin seeds (optional)

pinch of methi seeds

large pinch hing/asafoetida/inguva

1 dry red chilli, tear and de-seed

10-12 curry leaves

1 Combine mashed dal with water, add salt, turmeric pwd and few curry leaves. Bring to a boil.
2 While the dal water is boiling, heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and as they splutter, add the cumin seeds and methi seeds and once the cumin crackles and methi turns red, add curry leaves and red chilli. Finally add asafoetida.
3 Add the onions and green chillis and saute for 2 mts, add the tomatoes and combine.
4 Add the dal water to the sauteed onion-tomato mixture and cook for 5 mts. Turn off heat. Let it cool down a bit.
5 Add the lemon juice and combine. Adjust salt. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm.

Note:

Adjust lemon juice according to your taste. You can also use left over cooked dal water to prepare this recipe.

Nimmakaya Charu – Lemon Soup

  Prepare time:
 Cook:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  lemon
  •   moong dal

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Though this lemony soup lacks in looks, it more than makes up taste-wise. Light, subtle, earthy and flavorful with a whiff of asafoetida. Best to sip as a soup or over white rice.

16 thoughts on “Nimmakaya Charu – Lemon Soup

  1. WOW..Looks like a nice soup to have when ur just out of fever..when ur taste buds are bitter and crave for something sour..even otherwise…a comfort rasam. Thank You..

  2. Hi Sailugaru,
    Can we make this charu with arhar dal (kandi pappu)? Is this recipe not required any use of garlic?
    How does this nimmakaya charu made with kandi pappu taste like? will be waiting for your reply.
    Thxs

    Yes, you can make it with kandi pappu too but the flavor wise, nimmakaya charu with moong dal is far superior. You have to try with each dal and you will know the difference. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can use either hing or garlic.

  3. Thks for the Recipe Sailaja garu..
    My wife Sridevi makes Tomato charu. She does not use any Dal at all, but uses 4 to 5 desi tomatoes (coarsely mashed in mixie) and boils along with sliced onions, slit green chillies, Pepper (coarsely powdered), turmeric etc. Due to the desi tomatoes, the required sourness will come while the peppers will contribute to the flavour as well pungent-ness. For popu, all the above ingredients as mentioned in ur recipe are used except that very slight pinch of hing is added. This really tastes great with white rice and also can be taken as Soup…
    In Godavari districts,we prepare ‘Chintapandu charu’ exactly the same way as mentioned by you but by replacing nimmakaya with chinthapandu’
    Thanks again for the Recipe.

  4. Thanks Sailu garu,
    With moong it’s simply delicious.
    It’s very tasty with toor daal also. very nutritious to feed small children (2-5 years).
    We are eagerly waiting for your festive recipes.
    Happy preparations for Diwali.

  5. It’s a very nice recipe…I like having it over plain white rice and I also add a dash of lemon juice before eating it:)

  6. it’s looks like a nice soup to have when you just out of fever..when your
    taste buds are bitter and crave for something sour..even otherwise…a
    comfort rasam…..

  7. it’s looks like a nice soup to have when you just out of fever..when your
    taste buds are bitter and crave for something sour..even otherwise…a
    comfort rasam…..

  8. it’s looks like a nice soup to have when you just out of fever..when your
    taste buds are bitter and crave for something sour..even otherwise…a
    comfort rasam…..

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