Friday, March 30, 2012

Egyptian Lentil Soup

Lentil soup can be found at many restaurants here in Egypt.  My daughters both love it and so I had to find out how to make it for myself.  I found several recipes online and played around with them based on what I had in the kitchen.  This is my third attempt... and my first with a blender.  The kids loved it and so I'm documenting it here. 
Lentil Soup

1 cup lentils
2 medium potatoes
Salt and pepper
2 cups broth
1 carrot
1 onion
2 tbsp butter
1 cup water
3 cloves garlic
1 T. cumin


Wash lentils well and drain. Chop veggies into small-shaped cubes.

Heat half the butter in a large saucepan then add the lentils and veggies mix. Sauté for 5 minutes.

Add broth and stir. Cover saucepan and cook until everything is tender.

When lentils cook, mix it in blender.  In the meantime add other half of butter and garlic to the pot.  Cook for a minute or so and then add the cumin.

Pour the lentil mixture back into the saucepan with the garlic and cumin and spice with salt and pepper.

Gradually add water until you get a desired consistency and bring to boil.

Serve in small bowls and you can sprinkle fresh herbs on top.


  1. We make this soup all the time ( funny, I posted it this week too)
    I've tried it with and without potatoes, carrots etc. I will try your version.

  2. alas, I LOVE LENTIL soup! actually,i love all kinds of soup and when i make soup, i must make enough for an army but i'm the only one who really eats it...i'll see if i can make up a small batch.



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