I found this at a vegetarian Middle eastern recipe site & it was different enough to submit for my own NA*ME cookbook.
- Place lentils and water in a saucepan and bring to boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 25 minutes.
- In the meantime, in a frying pan, heat oil and sauté onions and garlic until they turn golden brown. Stir in remaining ingredients, except lemon juice, and sauté for another 5 minutes.
- Stir the frying pan contents into the lentils and bring to boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until rice and lentils are well-cooked. Stir in lemon juice and serve hot.
I love this recipe but I make this more like a stew as a complete meal than as a soup. I add three diced carrots, three stalks of celery, and two potatoes, red split lentils (no need to soak) and brown rice. Plus a tsp of cayenne, and sometimes I don't bother with the lemon. It is my favourite winter dish and so handy because I can bring it to work and rest assured that I am actually eating some protein!
This is a wonderful soup recipe. It has a light, bright flavor. I halved the amount of cumin, and will do that again next time. I also used cooked brown rice, so I cut the cooking time in half. I tasted it after it simmered about 10 mins. and thought it was a little bland. I let is sit for about an hour and then squeezed the lemon and that really woke it up. Thanks for sharing this simple and incredibly healthy recipe. I'll be making it again.
Such an easy soup, we really enjoyed it. I was a little leary about not using broth, but providing you season well, it works. I used brown rice, and added a bit too much, so most of the liquid is gone, but that's OK the leftovers will be more stew like. I was also a little more heavy handed with the garlic - yum! I used red lentils because that's what I had, but I'm sure any lentil would be great.