soup time

spiced lentil soup (picture courtesy of familyfriendslyfood.com)

So, we are in Beirut and the weather is not yet what i call winter, not even autumn, 27 degrees and sunny . Summer decided to stick to us this year and has not prepared itself to go on vacation! But I am craving for winter food especially  hot, boiling & filling soups.

In Lebanon we have excellent soups based on lentils, red ones or brown ones.  They both are lovely but very different in taste and texture. Today I will post a spicy lentil soup, which is always a success, spices can be toned down or up, according to your preferences.


2 chopped onions

3 crushed garlic

900ml water (3-4 cups)

1 cup red lentils

4 chopped ripe tomatoes

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp curcuma (or turmeric)

5 cardemon pods (or 1 tsp powder)

1 Cinnamon stick

400g coconut milk

15 ml lime juice

Put all ingredients into a saucepan. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove the cardamom pods and cinnamon stick, then puree the mixture. Add the coconut milk and the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot!

Easy, no??


salt, pepper


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