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uh oh. Wait a minute. I just reviewed this and said it was too tangy and tomatoey, but I had only eaten this cold...but now I'm tasting it warm. And yep, that apricot flavor DID indeed come out. It's a heavy dish, still. Much too heavy for summertime in the Middle East, that's for sure. I'm eating it with corn chips and some cheddar on top. I used fresh apricots and made it mostly in the crockpot, except for my sauteeing (which I did with the garlic and onion). It's not blowing me out of the water, but it does deliver both an apricot and lentil taste (with PLENTY of stewed tomato flavor) for those who want to go that route. Not so sure I will again, but we'll see. A 3.5 star recipe, I'm rounding down because I STILL find the tomato (even while HOT) to be too tangy and distracting.
Not sure if this worked, I'm still getting used to the new format of Zaar... :) So, if the other rating didn't get posted, here it is again: I tripled this recipe, and I still didn't have enough! My family loved it; it was absolutely wonderful. I have four brothers and the oldest is extremely hard to please. I set his bowl down in front of him, he took a bite and decided he loved it. He had 3 bowls! I was a bit skeptical of the soup when I was pureeing it, but I had no reason to be. Thanks sooo much for this recipe, it has now become a staple in my collection. :D