Recipe by Glorypea
This recipe was inspired by the lentil soup at this falafel place where I used to live. I have always had trouble finding lentil soup recipes that were more of this Middle Eastern type, so thought I'd share mine!
- 2 cups brown lentils
- 2 quarts chicken stock (or your choice)
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped or sliced
- 1 medium tomatoes, quartered
- 2 tablespoons butter, less if desired
- 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
- 1 teaspoon cumin, to taste
Directions See How It's Made
- Wash lentils thoroughly and soak if desired.
- I never soak them, and they always seem to cook up quickly.
- Bring stock to a boil.
- Add quartered onion, garlic, tomato and lentils.
- Return to boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer, partially covered, until lentils are tender.
- The amount of time will depend on the freshness of the lentils and whether or not they were soaked, but plan on an hour to an hour and a half.
- Over-cooking wouldn't be a problem since this is a blended soup, but under-cooking would.
- As lentils approach tenderness, melt butter in a small frying pan over medium-low heat.
- Add thinly sliced onion and allow to fry until very dark brown.
- Add cumin, saute briefly.
- Add mixture to soup and stir through.
- Ladle one ladle-full of soup at a time into a blender or food processor.
- Using a dishtowel, hold lid down and process soup until homogenous.
- When soup has been completely pureed, return to a pot and reheat until ready to serve.