Shorbat Adas(Middle Eastern Lentil Soup)

"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."
photo by Theresa H. photo by Theresa H.
photo by Theresa H.
photo by *Parsley* photo by *Parsley*
photo by chef FIFI photo by chef FIFI
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  • Wash and drain lentils.
  • In a large pot, combine all ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil, then let simmer on medium/low for about 35 minutes.
  • Make sure to stir occasionally to avoid the lentils burn or sticking to the pot.
  • Serve in with lemon wedges, on side.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. laurie.roig
    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.
  2. peppergirl
    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!
  3. Tigris garden
    Best lentil soup I ever made. However, I did pur
  4. Camel_Cracker
    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!
  5. snow_croft
    Delicious. We are vegetarian, so I used mock chicken broth powder instead of the Maggi cubes. It's salt-free, so along with adding salt, I added some ghost pepper salt. I also sautéed the onions, celery, and garlic before adding everything else.


  1. C.L. Mac Lean
    I used vegetable stock instead of chicken,
  2. carolynnoell
    this soup was soooo easy to make and delicious! I used dried parsley because I couldn't get fresh, veggie stock cubes instead of chicken, and didn't have any lemons. I can't stress enough how GOOD this soup is! thanks for sharing the recipe. (i hope my 5 stars showed up, my browser was having issues)



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