Oriental Lentil Soup Recipe

Photos: Borbála Zergi

Hello my Beautiful Friends,

Let’s give December a proper welcome with another delicious soup recipe. This lentil soup was inspired by my adoration for oriental spices. It’s probably because I was introduced to middle eastern cuisine at a very young age due to my family ties in Jordan and Saudi Arabia and to tell the truth…I’m absolutely in love with the flavours and colours they use and if we don’t take the traditional desserts into count then we end up with a pretty healthy and tasty diet.

This dish is really cheap, and ridiculously easy to make. I like to have this when I want to substitute regular carbs with something that’s more healthy, keeps me warm and makes me feel satisfied without the unnecessary guilt I’d feel after eating a whole pepperoni pizza…😀 (sounds familiar?)

If you want to know how to make this recipe read on.

What you need:

-dry yellow lentils  (it’s about 250 g)

-3 tbsp of olive oil

-1 onion

-2 cloves of garlic

-1 tbsp of garam masala spice mix

-salt and pepper to taste

-extra virgin olive oil to top the soup

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What you do:

Soak your lentils in water overnight.

Chop your onions, rinse your split peas and run them under cold water. _mg_4290

Fry your chopped onions with the olive oil until transparent, and add the garam masala. Make sure to turn down the heat to medium-you don’t want to burn your spices. _mg_4301

Add as much water as just covers the lentils and let them simmer for about 45 minutes.

When your split peas are starting to fall apart go ahead and remove them from the heat and purée them all up with a food processor or a hand mixer. _mg_4312

You’ll find that this thing absorbs water really fast and you obviously don’t want want to end up with a hummus-like texture but you can do that if you like it, by all means. To avoid this overwhelming thickness, add some more water or veggie broth if you have it in your country (or you can make your own too 🙂 ).

Serve it with some extra virgin olive oil and freshly ground pepper. Don’t forget to spritz some lemon juice too because it’s heavenly!

I hope you’ll try this recipe, I’ll be back soon with more holiday recipes for this season!

With love,

 

Fatima

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