A Spooky Cat Pasta Lentil Soup#SoupSwappers

When Wendy our Host and author of Soup Swapper's group gave us the theme" Spooky Soups and Stews"for this month's event. This was the first recipe that came to my mind. 
Now starts my hunt for a cat shape cookie cutter, couldn't find one. Got after my hubby to make the template.  
When I posted this soup pic on what's app to my sister's , they said will make the soup without the cat, looks so spooky!! Laughed and replied this is for my spooky soup event. My daughter said that cat looks so real and morbid.

But nevertheless, this makes a hearty meal, a satisfying comfort food, that is a sweet, just mildly spiced and packed with proteins.  You can have this as a hearty soupy meal like we did or serve over rice.
We enjoyed this as our lunch or can have it for dinner, it's a meal in itself and is popularly known as Indian style Pasta in a lentils.

Serves 3 as a complete and filling meal

1/8 Cup Tur Dal
1/8 Cup Sabut Urad/Beluga Lentils
1/8 Cup Split Green Moong
1/8 Cup Raw Peanuts
1 Medium Tomato - chopped
2 Tablespoons Oil
Salt to taste
1 Teaspoon Red Chili powder
1 Teaspoon Heaped Homemade Curry powder
1 Teaspoon Jaggery
¼ Teaspoon Turmeric powder
2 Tablespoons Chopped Onion
1 Teaspoon Chopped Coriander Leaves
1 Teaspoon Ginger Juliennes
1 Teaspoon Lemon juice - optional
For the Cat Pasta
½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
½ Cup Besan/Chickpea Flour
¼ Teaspoon Salt or to taste
A Pinch Black pepper powder
A Pinch Turmeric powder
A Pinch Asafoetida
¼ Teaspoon Carom seeds - rub them on your palms
¼ Teaspoon Kasuri Methi - rub them on your palms
1 Tablespoon Oil
Water as required to make a soft dough
For Tadka
2 Tablespoons Oil
5 Grains Fenugreek Seeds
½ Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
½ Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
3 Cloves Garlic - minced
1" Pieces Ginger - minced

Wash the lentils well. In a pressure cooker add all the washed lentils and 2 cups water, let it cook on high flame for one whistle, then reduce the flame to low and keep it for 10 minutes. Switch off the flame, let the cooker cool.
When the cooker is cooled, add the washed raw peanuts and again place the cooker on high flame. Take one whistle on high flame. Reduce the flame to low and let it cook for 7 minutes. Switch of the flame, let the cooker cool completely.
As the lentils are cooking let's make our Cat Pasta Dough
Mix all the ingredients and knead into soft dough. 
Cover this dough and let it rest for 20 - 30 minutes.
Coming back to our Lentil Soup
In a pot/kadai that has a broad base, heat oil, add the fenugreek, mustard and cumin seeds when the splutter add the chopped onion, ginger juliennes. Sauté till the onion soften, now add the minced ginger, garlic and sauté for a minute add the curry powder, red chilly, turmeric powder and salt, sauté
add the cooked lentils, add the tomato and water (2 to 2½ cups ) to make a watery consistency ( since the cat pasta will absorb most of the gravy when added ). Bring this to a rolling boil, give it a quick stir, cover and let it simmer for 15 minutes on very low flame, stirring after every 3 -4 minutes. Add the jaggery and taste for salt and seasonings, add accordingly. Cover and let it simmer again.
Back to our Cat Pasta
Roll the dough and cut the cat shape pasta using the above template. 
Make eyes and mouth with sliced olives and keep them aside. I wanted to make the eyes and mouth with black olives but didn't have it.
After 15 minutes of the lentil soup boiling add the cat shaped pasta into the simmering pot, cover and let it cook for 15 minutes or till the cat pasta surfaces. Once cooked the pasta will float to the surface. Garnish it with coriander leaves and lemon juice
Serve into large bowls and enjoy!!
What a satisfying meal !!
Labels : Tur Dal, Sabut Urad Dal, Split Green Moong, Homemade Curry Powder, Chickpea Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Soup, Soup Swappers, Indian, Vegan, Main Course, Pasta, Healthy 
Check other recipes of October 2020 Soup Swappers Event 
  • A Spooky Cat Pasta Lentil Soup by Sneha's Recipe
  • Anti-Vampire Potion (Garlic & Cheese Soup) by Palatable Pastime
  • Bat Wing Soup by Making Miracles
  • Bloody Night Soup (Roasted Beet Soup) by A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Garlic Soup with Gruyère Cheese Toast by Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Hungarian Pork Ghoul-ash by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
  • Pumpkin Ale Soup with Pork Eyeball Meatballs by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
  • Sneha's Recipe
    Sneha's Recipe

    Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


    1. How wonderful that your husband actually made the cookie cutter for you. I am so very impressed!!

    2. I am totally impressed! This cat is adorable!!

    3. Looks spookily adorable! I'd totally eat it...while looking at my kitty Brenna. I'm sure she would not be amused!!! Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

    4. Oh my goodness those cats!! What a delicious soup - and so cool that he made you your own template for these!