Mediterranean Kitchen Lentil Soup Recipe

Step 1

Bring lentils and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, while preparing the vegetables.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in small frying pan cook onions in 1/4 cup vegetable oil and the olive oil over medium heat.

Step 3

When onions start to brown, about 10 minutes, add green pepper and cook together for about 2 minutes.

Step 4

Add onion-pepper combination and oil in which they were cooked to lentils. cook lentils about 40 minutes. Season with salt; pepper, allspice, cumin and cinnamon. continue to cook, covered, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes.

Step 5

Blend garlic with 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a blender or with mortar and pestle until pureed and well blended.

Step 6

When lentils are tender, add cilantro. Turn off heat. Then add garlic-oil puree. Stir well.

Step 7

After a minute, add lemon juice. Taste and correct seasonings if necessary. Serve immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • 5c Lentils
  • 3qt Water
  • 1 1/2lg Onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2c Vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2c Olive oil
  • 1 Green bell pepper, seeded,
  • -membranes removed, coarsely
  • -chopped
  • 1ts Salt or to taste
  • 1/4ts Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1ts Ground allspice
  • 1ts Cumin
  • 3/4ts Ground cinnamon
  • 6 Cloves garlic, peeled and
  • -coarsely chopped
  • 1c Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2c Lemon juice

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