Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lentil Soup with Pata

 Kulinarya March Challenge:  Vegetarian Dish

  This is my first entry ever, however I am so happy and humbled!  Everyone here have been so gracious in sharing their specialties.   I got inspired by Cusinera's entry about Mung beans.  I have been avoiding the dish for quite sometime now, my kids don't like the texture ones it's cooked, they only like the liquid part,  only if bacon is sauteed with it.   Me, I love munggo, specially if there's "ampalaya" leaves.   Only if I can be vegetarian, but i can't and i don't plan to, yet.   I cook for my husband, four kids and my employees, so I usually put meat or fish on any vegetable dishes I cook.  Sometimes, even though I cooked for everyone, I would still make a salad just for my self.  
   For days now I've been seeing a pack of  Lentils, which my mother sent for my birthday from Milan. 
Today it was my daughter's birthday.   While planning to cook something for "meryenda" or perhaps dinner I decided to cook this for lunch.  
Supposedly, this entry is an all veggie.   This can be, however, this is how I did this.

Lentil Soup
1/2 Kilo of Pata
250 g Lenticchie (Lentils), pre-soaked in water (1 hour)
1 big sayote, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
Boil or pressure cook the Pata or Pork Legs.  Once the meat is soft and cooked, put the garlic and onion.   After 5 minutes put the lentils, without the water.   This will take about 30 minutes to cook.  Try to taste the lentils if they are soft enough outside and a bit hard inside, put the Sayote cubes.  Season to taste.
Sounds easy to make.  But everything including timing has to be considered.
Well guess what my husband liked it and so does my kiddos.


  1. I've never had Lentil Soup with pata and it looks like a very hearty meal. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Welcome to KCC, wonderful use of the lentils and of course that broth must be very tasty with that pata...thanks for sharing your dish! Looking forward to your future KCC post entries=)

  3. @Cusinera...Tnx so much! Hope I can have more time to type everything, hehehe...

  4. Wow this looks delicious, I love what you did with the lentils, I also cook it like munggo :)

  5. This reminds me of a dish my mom makes with Black Eyed Peas. Thanks for sharing!