When using red lentils they do not have to be soaked but be sure to clean them with water until the water is not cloudy. I prefer Maggi cubes when cooking especially when it comes to soups. I have also heard Goya is good but have never personally used them. This is a very filling soup and perfect for fatoor.
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup red lentils, washed and drained
1 onion, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
1 beef bouillon cube
3 cups water
1. In a 2-quart saucepan on medium high heat add butter, onion and carrot. Cook until onion is tender. Add lentils, red pepper, beef cube and water. Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.
2. With a hand blender puree soup in the pan. Serve with parsley sprinkled on top and with lemon wedges.