Arabic lentil soup “Shorbat adas”

Chef in disguise: lentil soup  After telling the story behind the 30 day soup, it would only be fair to share the recipe 🙂

I am doing so in a guest post over at Lail’s blog .I have known Lail for a few months now and I have come to know a wonderfully sweet and kind person who is dedicated to her family. Before following Lail’s blog I knew very little about Bangladeshi food. With every post she shared, I learnt a little more about her heritage. That is one of the best parts  about blogging, learning about places, cultures and cuisines you would not know other wise.

When Lail asked me to do a guest post for her Ramadan series, something from Jordan or the middle east. I knew exactly what to share. This lentil soup is almost the official ramadan soup in many homes. It is nutritious,tasty and easy to make.

Chef in disguise:Lentils

After a long day spent without food, this soup makes for a wonderful nutritional boost. With about 30% of their calories from protein, lentils have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any legume or nut, after soybeans and hemp. . Lentils also contain dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B1, and minerals. Added to that they are a good source of iron, having over half of a person’s daily iron allowance in a 100g serving.

That is why this soup is a great way to start the iftar meal. It is warm, velvety and rich without the need for cream.The color alone is so soothing, it is like liquefied sunshine! and it is good for you! All you need is a squeeze of lemon juice and a few parsley leaves and you are in for a bowl of comfort food at its best.

Going through the recipe it might surprise you that there are no spices but let me assure you that this soup needs none. The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. It allows the rich, creamy taste of the slowly cooked lentils and their beautiful golden color to shine uninterrupted by anything. You can visit my guest post on Lail’s blog here  Lentil soup for ramadan

Recipe : Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

1 cup of orange or yellow lentils
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon flour
4 cups water or stock
Salt to taste

For garnish and serving

Parsley
Lemon juice
Pita bread

Steps

  1. Rinse and soak lentils in water for 1-2 hours.
  2. Drain the water off.
  3. In a pot heat 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  4. Saute the onions until soft.
  5. Add the lentils and sprinkle them with 1 tablespoon of flour, stir for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add the water or the stock, stir to make sure that the flour dissolved completely.
  7. Allow the soup to come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes or until the lentils are cooked.
  8. You can adjust the stock amount depending on how thick you want the soup to be.
  9. When cooked, run the soup in a blender until it is completely smooth.
  10. Season with salt.
  11. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir until completely incorporated in the soup.
  12. Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges and pita bread gently warmed in the oven or toasted into pita chips.

شوربه عدس
المقادير

كوب عدس مجروش

اربع اكواب ماء
بصلة مفرومة
فنجان زيت زيتون
ملعقة كبيرة طحين
ملعقة صغيرة ملح
بقدونس مفروم
عصير ليمون

الطريقة
نغسل العدس و ننقعه في الماء فترة نصف ساعة او حتى يتضاعف حجمه

في طنجرة الضغط ضعي القليل من زيت الزيتون و اضيفي البصل و حركيه و اتركيه حتى يذبل

اضيفي العدس بعد تصفيته من الماء

اضيفي مقدار الماء
اضيفي  الملح و الطحين(من المهم اضافة الطحين و الماء بارد حتى لا يتكتل)و حركي

اتركي المزيج على النار حتى يغلي ثم غطي الطنجرة و اضغطيه مدة 10 دقائق بعد ان تصفر و اتركيها تبرد نسبيا و هي مغلقة

الان امامك خيارين..اما ان تضربي الشوربة على الخلاط او ان تصفيها بالمصفاة (و هو ما افعله انا عادة)

الان اضيفي فنجان زيت الزيتون و حركي حتى يتجانس تماما (بامكانك اضافة الزيتون قبل الضغط و لكن انا افضل اضافته في النهاية للحفاظ على فوائده)
بامكانك اضافة كمية اكبر من الزيت ان كنت تحبينها ان تكون ادسم

اضيفي القليل من البقدونس المفروم و عصير الليمون و حركي

تقدم مع الليمون و الخبز المحمص

Lentil soup

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