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Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

By zetallgerman (GoodFood Community)
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  • Serves 4
This recipe is from my Egyptian friends. Frying the spices first isn't compulsory, but it does add authentic flavour.


  • 1 litre water
  • 230g dried red lentils
  • 400g onions, finely chopped
  • 450g potatoes, peeled & finely chopped
  • 8 large garlic gloves
  • 1 vegetable stock cube

For the spice mixture:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder


  • STEP 1
    Rinse the lentils thoroughly.
  • STEP 2
    Put all of the main ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat and let it simmer until everything is soft (approx. 20 min) Remove from heat.
  • STEP 3
    Heat the vegetable oil in a pan and add the spices.
  • STEP 4
    Stir for a minute in the hot oil until it becomes fragrant.; then remove from the heat.
  • STEP 5
    Blend the soup until smooth and add the fried spices. Serve with some toasted flat breads.

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