Saturday, April 30, 2011

Osaman/ Clear Lentil Soup

Osaman is a very thin and easily digestible soup mostly made by Gujrati's. This is a very healthy and tasty soup. The soup is made by using green mung beans. The mung beans needs to be soaked overnight and then cooked in water till soft but not mushy. The water should be drained from the beans and that water is what is used to make this soup. I used the cooked beans to make sundal.

This soup is now a regular in my kitchen. Earlier I used to discard the bean stock but now this is used to make this very tasty and tangy soup.

(Recipe Source: You Tube)

Mung Beans- 1 Cup ( Soaked overnight or at least 8 hours)
Asafoetida (Heeng)- A pinch
Mustard Seeds- 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds- 1/4 tsp
Cloves- 2
Cinnamon- 1/2 inch stick
Whole Black Pepper- 5
Oil- 2 tsp
Ginger and Green Chilli Paste- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste
Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
Jaggery Powdered- 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves- 6-7 leaves
Coriander Leaves finely chopped- 1 tbsp
Lemon Juice- 1 tbsp

  • Drain the soaked beans and cook in an open vessel with atleast 4 cups of water so that beans gets cooked thoroughly but does not get mushy.
  • Once cooked drain the water in a pot from the beans and keep the beans separate to be used for any other dish. The water drained is what we require to make the soup.
  • The above quantity of ingredients is for 2 cups of mung bean water. If the water drained from the beans is less then some more plain water can be added to dilute it and make 2 cups.
  • In a pan add the oil and once heated add asafoetida, mustard and cumin seeds.
  • Once the seeds splutter add in cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and curry leaves.
  • Add in ginger and green chilli paste and sauté for a minute. Finally add in the mung bean water and keep on boiling.
  • Once the soup starts boiling and in salt and turmeric powder and continue boiling.
  • Add in jaggery and coriander leaves and boil till the jaggery has melted. Add in the lemon juice.
Switch off the gas and serve the soup hot.

Linking this soup to MLLA- 34 brainchild of Susan and hosted by Desisoccermom.


  1. colorful and delicious soup...New o me, Bookmarked:-) Kurinjikathambam, Event : HRH-Healthy Summer

  2. Raji...this soup recipe is new to me...very healthy n I am making note of this...thanx for such a healthy recipe...HUD job!!!

  3. We lived in New Delhi for 5 years and I learned to love dhal and pulses in general. They are very nutritious and healthy,much better than meat. We get lots of Indian spices and products in Palermo luckily. I-m following you from Trapani, Sicily!

  4. Osaman is a new word for me. Thats a great idea to use the bean stock which is otherwise discarded.

  5. love the soup.. never had it before... it looks nutritious...

  6. Yummy soup! have posted a whole lentil soup today and this one is another recipe I would love to try.

  7. Wonderful recipe,so delicious and healthy soup.

  8. Quite an inviting soup,totally new for me...Thanks for sharing..

  9. Perfect and full of proteins, I love all lentil soups!

    Have a great Sunday

  10. It looks healthy and I will surely try!

  11. new recipe for the colour...really healthy..

  12. Delicious sweet and sour moong dal soup.

  13. I like these light type daal .. infact I enjoy them as soup .. i don't like to eat them with rice or roti .. just put some lemon or lime and gulp it up :)

  14. Healthy lentil soup.......perfectly light & delicious!!

  15. wow a lot of spices used to make this soup! i love mung beans and we usually have them for summer to cool down :)

  16. Thanks for passing on the lovely awards!!!! I am back after a short break and the first thing i see is ur comment!!! You have made my day..

  17. I love this...I have never seen a clear lentil soup before. Looks and sounds refreshing :D

  18. Hi Raji, The soup is looking absolutely delightful. Loved the new combo of ingredients and the recipe is so nicely made and presented. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  19. Love the idea n the recipe - surely going to try it out :)
    US Masala

  20. What a beautiful soup and I love that this is from the reserves from other dishes...Wonderful!

  21. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, Raji. It sounds very comforting to me...hearty as well:)

  22. Oh Raji… This reminds me of my summer holidays @ my Nani’s. I love Osaman esp. hers so she used to make it every time I visited her. This brings back so many sweet memories  Will definitely have to make Osaman this week!

  23. Lovely mix of flavors... love this sweet & sour soup!

  24. Superb Raji ...........I have got a healthy for my kiddos.
    Thanks a lot sweetie.

  25. Thanks girls for your encouraging comments.
    @Meghna nani's recipe must have been great...we can never match their standards.
    @Anchal thanks try it but do reduce the spice level for kiddos.


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