Shorbat Adas(Middle Eastern Lentil Soup)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

This healthy soup is enjoyed throughout the middle east, and although simple in preparation and ingredients, is a very flavorful soup. Adas is considered a main dish mainly because it is so filling, and is usually eaten with pita bread and lemon on the side. *I use Ziyad brand red lentils, they are very very small and cook up quickly(see posted picture), so if you cannot find them, and use a bigger red lentil you may need to adjust water and ingredients as well as cook time.* You may add veggies such as diced carrots, celery e.t.c, but this is how it is enjoyed traditionally in the Palestinian/Jordanian areas.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash and drain lentils.
  2. In a large pot, combine all ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil, then let simmer on medium/low for about 35 minutes.
  4. Make sure to stir occasionally to avoid the lentils burn or sticking to the pot.
  5. Serve in with lemon wedges, on side.
  6. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

Thanks for the recipe! I used split red lentils from the Arabic store, which cooked about 10-15 minutes faster than whole lentils. I only had 1 Maggi Chicken cube left, so I added 4 teaspoons of Maggi Tomato and Chicken flavored powder. I am saving this to my favorites and will definitely make it again!

Camel_Cracker November 16, 2008

Very good base start. Since I use only organic ingredients and wanted a vegitarian dish I modified it a bit. The Maggi cubes while containing no actual chicken has way to much sodium for me and I used my own vegetarian broth that I create. I also added diced carrots and then put the entire soup in the blender for a crushed lentil soup. My family loved it and it is now a staple in our diet.

laurie.roig July 15, 2015

This is fantastic!! As other reviewers have stated, the seasoning is spot on. It's a very fast, easy to prepare, nutrient-packed lunch or dinner. I highly recommend this recipe!

peppergirl January 12, 2015

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