Traditional Middle Eastern lentil soup with potatoes and carrots. Perfect spice, healthy, and totally delicious, finished in 30 minutes. This recipe contains all the steps needed to perfect this Middle Eastern staple, whether it's as an appetizer or a main meal! What is Middle Eastern Lentil Soup? This is the basic soup in the Levante region.
The most important part of the base is lentils, broth and spices, especially cumin powder. Cumin is used for flavoring and digestion. Arabs sometimes find that lentils are difficult to digest and form gas, while cumin can accelerate digestive enzymes and help you digest food more easily. Some people use lentils and pure spices to keep things simple, but I like to add some vegetables, such as potatoes and carrots, to give the soup a hint of creaminess, sweetness and richness. It comes with plenty of lemon juice, usually chopped fresh parsley, and sometimes fried pita croutons, although I usually don't mind. It is a nutritious food, enough to eat a single meal!
What are the health benefits of lentil soup? This article provides you with a good overview of the different health benefits of lentils. Bottom line: Polyphenols: Lentils are an excellent source of polyphenols (compounds that fight harmful substances in the body such as ultraviolet rays, heart disease, and cancer). Protein: They are rich in protein, which is why vegetarians and vegans should really emphasize their iron: they are a good source of iron (1 cup of lentil fiber: they are rich in fiber, they are great for keeping the digestive system in motion and letting You stay full longer. They are also a good source of magnesium and folic acid to make lentil soup: it’s easy!
Sauté onions, carrots and potatoes in olive oil, then add the rinsed lentils and stir-fry for a few minutes. It contains all the seasonings and broth (I usually only use broth cubes and water). You can use vegetable soup or chicken soup cubes. Bring the whole mixture to a boil, then continue to simmer for 25-30 minutes, until all the vegetables are cooked. Optional: Thickener-I made this recipe and added butter flour thickener to the soup, no. There is almost no difference, but if you add the butter/flour mixture, it will be a bit richer. You can do this!
How to mix lentil soup: Some people may choose to keep the lentil soup thick, but I think once it is mixed with an immersion blender or ordinary blender, it becomes magical. Pour the soup directly into the pot. If using an ordinary food processor blender: transfer the soup to the blender in batches to avoid overfilling and stir to the desired consistency. I like to leave a few pieces of potatoes and carrots, but I often take big ones Part of the soup question: How do I store the leftover lentil soup?
It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Either way, when reheating, just add a little water to dilute it and restore it to the consistency you want. Is this lentil soup vegetarian/vegan? If you use vegetable stock cubes, it is vegan, if you omit the butter/flour mixture, it is vegan, so it is absolutely adaptable! What are the calories in this Middle Eastern Lentil Soup? A bowl of less than 250 calories! How to serve lentil soup: Putting a lemon wedges on the side, green onions and green olives is what we do in Jordan 🙂 Deep-fried pita croutons are optional, but they are always popular.