Rustic Lentil Soup


This is one of my families favorite recipes. I always make it during Ramadan and when it’s cool outside. What is great about lentils is that they’re filling. A few bowls will hold you over all day and that is exactly why they’re so popular during Ramadan. I tend to serve fresh pita bread and yogurt with this dish.

1 cup red lentils
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 tablespoons butter
3 cups water
1 chicken bouillon cube (I use maggi)
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Wash lentils until water runs clear and is no longer cloudy.

2. In a 2-quart saucepan on medium heat, saute onion with butter for 1 minute, add garlic saute until golden. Add lentils and 1 cup water, stir.

3. Put the lid on half way and cook for 5 minutes. The lentils will absorb the water quickly, so check often. Add chicken cube, remaining water, tomato paste, cumin, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 more minutes with the lid half way on over medium heat.

Yields: 4 servings

7 Responses to Rustic Lentil Soup

  • Kitchen Flavours says:

    Wow lentil soup looks aromatic and yum…. I too store my gin-gar paste in air tight container and place it in fridge.

  • Arlette says:

    Hello Noor

    this soup looks very interesting,
    I don’t have many recipes for lentils, I must try this.

    thanks for sharing

  • Noor says:

    I make this about two times a week, its so simple and amazingly delicious and filling. Thats all you need right?

  • Sage says:

    Fresh ginger keeps indefinitely (as far as I can tell) if you keep it in a jar full of Chinese cooking wine or sherry.

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