Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
With gluten free option. This is a delicious lentil soup we enjoy with a side of fresh salad as a light meal. From the Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos, Cyprus section.
- 2 cups brown lentils
- 8 cups water, plus 1/4 cup cold water separated
- 1 cup spring onion, finny chopped (green onions)
- 1 garlic clove, crushed (optional)
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1⁄3 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon rice flour (regular flour may be used if not gluten free)
- 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar (not halal)
- sea salt, to taste
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 lemon, cut in wedges (to serve)
- Pick over lentils and wash in several changes of cold water. Drain.
- Put lentils in a large pot with 8 cups water, spring onion, garlic if used, olive oil and parsley.
- Bing to a boil, cover pan and simmer on low heat for 1 hour or until lentils are soft.
- Put 1/4 cup water and flour in a screw top jar, seal and shake until thoroughly combined. This prevents lumps forming. pour this gradually into the boiling soup, stirring constantly until thickened slightly.
- Add vinegar, sea salt and pepper to taste. Return to the boil and boil gently for 5 minutes. Serve with wedges of fresh lemon to squeeze onto individual portions and a fresh salad if wished.
I almost gave this recipe 4 stars, but I will blame it on the fact that I realized after starting the recipe that I had no red wine vinegar- just white, balsamic and rice. I made a mixture of the three and added a spoonful of sugar, hoping to imitate the flavor of red wine vinegar. I found it to be good, but missing something (a few dashes of seasoning liquid fixed it). Overall, a VERY easy and refreshing recipe, that probably would have been much better if I had checked my pantry before starting to cook. Thanks for posting! Made for February 2012 NA*ME Tag.
This soup really grew on me! It's so easy to prepare and the consistency is fantastic. I wasn't sure about just boiling the onions and garlic etc, but it worked out very nicely. I was also unsure about using that much vinegar, but it really mellows and adds a nice spark of flavour. For me I agree, the garlic is a must, as is the parsley. It's a very light tasting, satisfying soup that I found really benefited from sitting for a few hours or overnight to give time for the flavours to marry. Made for Veg*n swap March 2011. Thanks UmmBinat!
Nice! Very simple and tasty. I haven't cooked with lentils for awhile so I was glad to have the opportunity. I made half a recipe. I used curly parsley since that's what they had, and I used extra garlic since I didn't want to halve the clove of garlic for the smaller batch (that's an excuse; I like garlic...) I have enough left to bring to work a couple of days; I think I'll add some lemon juice for that. Made for September 2010 Veg'n Swap.