Makhlouta is an amazing Lebanese soup best served with fresh lemon quartered. This delicious soup is a mixture of fine flavors. The chicken broth base goes perfect with lentils and rice.

1 onion, diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
3-2/3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup red lentils, washed and picked over for stones
1/2 cup cooked rice
black pepper and salt to taste
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 lemon, quartered

1. In a 4-quart saucepan on medium heat add olive oil and onion. Cook until tender. Add chicken broth, pepper, salt, coriander and cumin. Bring to a full boil, add lentils then reduce heat to low. Cook for about 30 minutes.

2. Add cooked rice, mix well. Serve each dish with a lemon quarter.

Yields: 4 servings

10 Responses to Makhlouta

  • Anonymous says:

    Just curious, if you are muslim how come you take your husbands last name? isn’t that not allowed in islam?

  • Noor says:

    Hi ‘Anonymous’ why would my name or what my husband & I choose to do bother you to the point that you would comment on a cooking blog about it? And how do you even know my last name is? I never put it anywhere on the web nor do you know what my passport says nor what my husbands last name is.

    Kinda funny that you are that worried about me maybe I should be flattered…

  • meeso says:

    I love Lebanese food, maybe even my second favorite after Indian… This soup looks wonderful :)

  • meeso says:

    Buahahaha, Noor, I just read your reply to Anonymous! I was just thinking to myself how much I appreciate the fact you do not need to announce or otherwise advertise your interracial/cultural relationship every chance you get! It’s apart of who you are, yet It’s not what defines you as a person :) I once had a very nosy comment on my blog about my relationship and I wish I could find it now and remember which post to show you. My boyfriend even ended up replying to it, he was so insulted. I get comments/nosey questions all the time from people on both sides… Curiosity is one thing, but some people feel the need to be overly nosey and also to assume too many things and give too much advice. So, kudo’s for your awesome reply :)

  • Noor says:

    Meeso thank you I love Lebanese food so much as well yummy. Yea, some people I swear just forget that this is a simple cooking blog and not much more..

  • Anonymous says:

    Salaam Alaykum sis! This soup is delish! I thought it seemed like a good comforting soup for iftar, so I gave it a try, but I didn’t expect it to be soo good! Even though there aren’t many ingredients, they really compliment each other perfectly. Thanks for the great recipe!

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