Shorabat Addas: Lemony Red Lentil Soup

Shorabat Addas - Lemony Red Lentil Soup

Red lentils are a staple food of mine – they’re quick cooking, high in protein, and make delicious dals. They also make a great soup, as this recipe for Shorabat Addas proves. My mom introduced me to this Middle Eastern soup a few years ago and it’s become a staple of mine for its ease of preparation and seriously maxed out nourishment. You can bump up the “healthy” quotient by adding some greens to this – spinach and curly kale are great. My mom also sometimes adds finely diced sweet potato or rice for those days when you really need something filling.

Shorabat Addas – Lemony Red Lentil Soup

Serves 6

  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 8 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • cayenne, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Optional garnishes: Paprika, cayenne, bebere, piment d’espelette, chopped parsley or cilantro, yoghurt


  1. Wash lentils. Combine them with water or stock and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer until lentils are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, saute garlic and onion in the olive oil over a low heat until transparent. Add the spices, onion and garlic to the cooked lentils.
  3. Add lemon juice just before serving.
  4. Garnish as desired and serve.

Shorabat Addas - Lemony Red Lentil Soup

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8 thoughts on “Shorabat Addas: Lemony Red Lentil Soup

  1. Momma

    Monica, this is such a flavorful soup, the most wonderful combination of spices. For such a humble soup, it completely takes you by surprise… spoonful after spoonful, bowlful after bowlful! One of my VERY favorite soups… I’m glad you’re enjoying it! (And Tim too!)

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  3. Sally - My Custard Pie

    Thanks for the shout out. Lentil soup was the first recipe given to me in the Middle East – it’s the heart of the home. Such a simple recipe and I must have made it hundreds of times. Lots of family variations – and I love your version – but in the end just really good comforting, nourishing food.

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