This is a traditional Eastern Mediterranean red lentil soup. It is so simple yet full of flavour, a favourite peasant soup of mine. When I make it for friends, they usually cannot believe that it has only two main ingredients. A perfect winter soup.
preparation time 10 minutes
cooking time 50 minutes
1 cup red lentils
1/4 cup long grain rice
1 medium brown onion
3-4 table-spoons olive oil
sea salt to taste
freshly cracked pepper to taste
Rinse lentils well several times, then place in pot and cover with water, about 5 cm higher than lentils. Bring to boil and let it simmer gently for about 30 minutes. In the meantime dice onion finely and put in a fry pan with olive oil and fry gently until it is golden brown. It is important to brown it well otherwise it will not add enough flavour to the soup. Add a little olive oil if necessary while browning onions.
Check lentils after 30 minutes and add water if necessary. When lentils are really soft, rinse rice and add it to the soup. Let it cook for another ten minutes, add onions and make sure you add a bit of water to the hot fry-pan and pour the juices on top of soup. Add salt to taste and let it simmer for another 10 minutes adding extra water if necessary. The soup needs to be creamy and thick but not too thick and definitely not watery. Serve and add freshly cracked pepper to taste.
I like to make a curry of red lentils and carrots, parsnips, onions and kale and then put that over rice, with some mango chutney. This sounds delicious, too.
I love red lentils and I make several soups with them and also dhal. Your curry sounds great. This is a traditional soup, and it is very tasty despite its duplicity.
Sound good and healthy!
And so easy to prepare. Do give it a go, whenever I’ve made it for friends, they absolutely love it.
I’ve bookmarked your pilaf dish, and I will try to find a day to do that. The red lentil one, I will try soon. 🙂 Peace and Joy, Brenda
Excellent, would love to hear how you go.
I am a fan of lentil soup. This is a version I will definitely try, soon.
Fantastic, let me know how you go Jovina. This is such a simple soup but really tasty at the same time. Hope you’ll enjoy it.
Thanks. Yes, it is one of my absolute favourites 🙂