Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Mita's Lentil Soup

Mita spent years onboard the Na'ia as their cook, her food is some of the best in Fiji. Now semi-retired to Rakiraki, she works as a private chef in homes on Volivoli and around Ra. We call her a conversation killer because no matter how animated the discussion at the table is, her food is so delicious that we all fall silent when her food comes out. Mita is awaiting her second Covid jab and is available for in home catering, call her at 276-5602. 

Mita generously shared her recipe for Lentil Soup after one meal that met with rave reviews, unlike some of her other dishes this one is easily within my abilities as a home cook. 

Mita’s Lentil Soup


  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 500 g Red Lentils
  • 1 liter water, hot
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 tsp salt
    Cilantro to garnish


  1. Heat oil in low consistency
  2. Add onion, cook until translucent, then garlic and ginger. Sauté until aroma develops.
  3. Add turmeric, cumin, chili, coriander. Stir for one minute, add lentils and carrots, stir well to combine.
  4. Add the water and boil, uncovered, for 20 minutes, reduce to a simmer until the lentils are soft and break up. You may need to add additional water.
  5. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot.  

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