Yemeni Lentil Soup

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Annacia

Yemeni Lentil Soup is a spicy, tomato-based lentil soup which is delicious when accompanied by fresh bread. Lentils are a hearty and healthy option for lunch or dinner. Found on Queen of Sheba.

Top Review by Elmotoo

I made a double batch for dinner tonight. It was good but not WOWEE. After 45 minutes it was very well done, so I added another 2c water to bring it back to soup consistency. The yogurt gave it a nice, creamy richness. Thank you! Made for A Culinary Tour of Yemen in the NA/ME Forum 2/14.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rise and pick through lentils thoroughly and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat and add onion, garlic, chili, and bell pepper. Cook until the onion is clear and slightly brown.
  3. Add lentils and cook for a minute until slightly brown, being careful not to burn. Add tomato, cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, and black pepper. Quickly add water and maintain medium heat.
  4. Cover saucepan and let boil. Lentils should absorb water and become soft in about 1 hour. Add more water if needed. Lentils are cooked through when they are completely soft.
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with bread or a dollop of unsweetened yogurt.

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