Thursday, December 18, 2008

Spicy Lentil Soup

I love lentil soup. I use lentils in a variety of different soups. Here is one that we eat often.

1 large onion chopped
1 head of garlic chopped or minced
2 tomatoes chopped or minced
2 carrots chopped or minced
2 potatoes chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
2 zucchini chopped
1 bag of green lentils
2 bay leaves
1 tbs cumin
1 tbs paprika
1 tbs salt
1 ts pepper
1 tbs cayenne pepper
1 tbs caraway
dried or fresh parsley to taste
1 can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
1 small can of tomato paste
1/8 cup quality olive oil

In a heavy pan brown the onions and garlic with the spices and olive oil.
Add all of the chopped vegetables and brown a bit.
Add the lentils and chickpeas.
Add 6 to 8 cups of water or broth, adjust for seasoning and bring up to a boil.
I pressure cook lentils for 30 to 45 minutes.
Add fresh chopped parsley and tomato paste, stir well and serve.
Sprinkle with hot paprika or cayenne pepper and eat with a warm piece of bread.



  1. This sounds so tasty and wholesome I love the combination of veggies it is just what we would eat in our house too. :-)

  2. I just love all your recipes Jamila. They are soo....down to earth and realistic, not too elaborate or over complicated, great for day-to-day meal ideas yet special, original and very tasty. Thank you so much for sharing. Barakallahu fiki sis xxx

  3. @ Jeena, I love vegetables and we eat this often! It really is so good and good for you! Thanks for stopping by!

    @ Kawthar, Wafeeki Barakallah Sis! *muah*


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