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Egyptian Lentil Soup (Shorbet Ads)

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Our easy Egyptian lentil soup is comforting and indulgent. You and your whole family are going to absolutely love it.

We grew up eating Moms Egyptian lentil soup, known as shorbet ads. She always made it for us during cold Minnesota days, and there was nothing more comforting! Not only is this creamy lentil soup incredibly delicious, but it is also so good for you! And did we mention that it is super easy to make this recipe dairy-free?

 

What are lentils?

Lentils are legumes, a part of the bean family. Technically they are seeds!

Unlike many beans that come canned, lentils are found in the dry goods section of the grocery store. Even though they are stored dry, they are the only type of bean that does not have to be soaked prior to cooking.

Lentils are common in middle eastern cuisine, and are staples in countries like Morocco, Jordan, and Turkey. Interestingly enough, nowadays most lentils are grown in Canada.

 

Different types of lentils

There are five main types of lentils, each with their own unique characteristics. The first three are the most common and easiest to find.

  • Brown lentils are the most common of all the lentils. They are very easy to cook because the husk of the lentil holds together well when exposed to heat. Brown lentils are also the easiest to find. While the flavor is fairly mild, brown lentils have an earthy flavor. They work very well texturally in soups and stews as well as to make veggie burger patties!
  • Green lentils have a distinct peppery flavor, and are less neutral than other lentils. They cook similarly to brown lentils and retain their shape when exposed to heat. Because of their strong flavor, they are less versatile than brown lentils, but work really well in salads!
  • Yellow lentils and red lentils might be different colors, but are characteristically the same. Similar to bell peppers, these types of lentils range in color depending on when they are harvested. Despite their difference in color, yellow lentils and red lentils do cook the same. They are more delicate than brown and green lentils, and split under heat. Yellow and red lentils work very well in purees and have a quick cooking time.
  • Puy lentils are native to France and are fairly hard to find at most grocery stores. They share a similar flavor profile as green lentils, but are much smaller. Despite their size, they still take up to a half hour to cook.
  • Black lentils (also called beluga lentils) are also more rare and much smaller than the first three types of lentils. They receive their nickname because when cooked they can look like caviar.

What kind of lentils to use for this recipe

We love to use red lentils for this soup. They have the lowest cook time of all lentils, making this recipe less time consuming. And because we are blending the soup anyway, it won’t matter if some of them split and lose their shape while cooking.

Their sweet and nutty flavor balances out the rest of the flavors of this soup. And the color of the soup is bright and appetizing.

Is lentil soup healthy?

Our lentil soup might be indulgent, but don’t let that fool you! This soup is packed with nutrients and is oh-so-healthy for you.

Lentils are primarily composed of protein. In fact, lentils have the second highest amount of protein among all legumes! One cup of lentils carries nearly 18 grams of protein.

Lentils are high in fiber and low in fat. They also contain high levels of folate, potassium, iron, and vitamin B6. This powerhouse blend of nutrients make this soup as healthy as it is tasty!

How to make this recipe dairy-free

More and more we see folks taking on a dairy free diet. From lactose intolerance to lowering your carbon footprint, there are tons of reasons to limit dairy in your diet.

The beauty of being dairy free at this time is that there are so many alternatives, making it extremely simple to convert any recipe to one that is free of dairy!

The only dairy you will find in this recipe is the butter used to cook the shallots, garlic and carrots. You can use olive oil or canola oil in place of the butter to make this dairy free. Or you can use vegan butter, such as myokos or earth balance, in place of real butter. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

How to make our Egyptian lentil soup

  1. Prepare your vegetables. Cut up a large carrot into chunks, remove garlic cloves from their peels and chop up the shallots into quarters.
  2. In a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, melt butter. Add garlic, shallots and carrots and allow them to soften.
  3. Add lentils, turmeric, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix everything together in the pot. Continue to stir for 4-5 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Pour in water, and mix the contents of the pot again. Bring the water up to a boil spices, and mix together. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  5. Once the lentils are cooked, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. If you prefer your soup with more of a texture, feel free not to puree it too much.
  6. Optional garnishes: fresh cilantro, coconut milk, crushed red pepper, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil

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Egyptian Lentil Soup (Shorbet Ads)

Alia and Radwa
This Egyptian lentil soup is full of flavor, it's easy to make, non-dairy and meatless! It's good for you too!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Soup
Cuisine egyptian, Mediterranean, middle eastern, north african
Servings 8 people
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large carrot (roughly chopped)
  • 2 medium shallots (roughly chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups red lentils (washed and drained)
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • optional garnishes: coconut milk (fresh cilantro, crushed red pepper, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your vegetables. Cut up a large carrot into chunks, remove garlic cloves from their peels and chop up the shallots into quarters.
  • In a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, melt butter. Add garlic, shallots and carrots and allow them to soften.
  • Add lentils, turmeric, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix everything together in the pot. Continue to stir for 4-5 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Pour in water, and mix the contents of the pot again. Bring the water up to a boil spices, and mix together. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  • Once the lentils are cooked, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. If you prefer your soup with more of a texture, feel free not to puree it down too much.

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Notes

If you like a thinner soup, feel free to add a little more water.

Butter. Feel free to substitute with extra virgin olive oil.

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  1. Food Dolls, what a hit this soup is! Freaking healthy and super delish often don’t go together but this is such a winner. My big guys wolfed this down and asked for more. Neither can believe it was so simple to make. I doubled it, used canned lentils (yes, in a hurry) and boxed veggie broth. The heat is perfect for this snowy blowy Canadian winter night. Now to figure out how to work better with cumin, turmeric and some stains! No worries 😉 this recipe will be on our regular roster. Thanks so much for your fabulous recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was wonderful! My 15 year old picky eater gobbled it up. I didn’t have any coconut milk on hand but will definitely use some next time to counter the heat. The flavor is so lovely and this was quick and easily and I will definitely be making it again!