Middle Eastern Lentil Soup
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Middle Eastern Lentil Soup

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Serves 6

Known in the Middle East as Chorbat el Ads, this is a 'cooks-itself', hearty, delicious soup.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of red/yellow lentils
  • 8 cups of chicken/vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Juice of half a lemon

Method

    1. Heat oil in a pan and gently fry the chopped onions for 5 minutes.
    2. Add the chopped garlic, turmeric and cumin and continue cooking for a few minutes more.
    3. Stir in the lentils, add the stock and cook for 35 minutes. Stir several times during cooking, especially towards the end, to prevent lentils from sticking to base of pan.
    4. Toss in parsley, stir in lemon juice and leave to cook for 2-3 minutes more.
    5. No blending is necessary unless you want it really smooth.
    6. Serve with chunks of crusty bread.

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startles
25th Jan, 2017
I fry onion for a little while then whizz 2 carrots, 2 celery and 2 garlic cloves into small pieces add to the pan...let it soften then add brown lentils give it a good stir...add small potatoes or chopped if large into chunks. Then add stock or just water to cover...(I put this in pressure cooker but you can slowly cook otherwise). Once lentils and potatoes are soft I add a good bunch of spinach and squeeze lemon to your liking...season!
Amyfv65
24th Oct, 2016
Do the dry lentils need to soak overnight?
Diana2016
13th Nov, 2016
5.05
I didn't have to soak them. They soften themselves during cooking.
Diana2016
17th Oct, 2016
5.05
I made this today and it's so delicious. Definitely a recipe to keep. Thank you. I have always wanted a good lentil soup recipe.
mack3
7th May, 2016
5.05
What is so great about this recipe is that it is so simple, delicious, and restaurant quality.
ellimac134
10th Jul, 2015
5.05
I definitely will be using this recipe again! It was extremely simple to make and really flavorful. I only had one can of chicken broth, so I ended up substituting the rest of the broth with water and chicken bouillon, and it worked just as good! I also added cubed carrots and potatoes. If you want quick, easy, AND delicious, look no further!
trailgurl
8th Dec, 2014
I chose this recipe because it resembled a favorite lentil soup from a Middle Eastern restaurant I love. This was "spot on"! So easy to make and perfect on a cold night!
hanched
6th Aug, 2011
5.05
Easy to make from just a few ingredients. The lentils blend to form a creamy soup made slightly tangy with the addition of the lemon juice. Healthy, nutritious, delicious!
Amyfv65
24th Oct, 2016
Do the dry lentils need to soak overnight? I've never cooked with the dry before. Thank you.
startles
9th Feb, 2017
No not with these lentils. Just takes a little while unless you cook in a pressure cooker.
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