True Moroccan Lentil Soup

READY IN: 2hrs




  • In a large soup pot, stew pot or dutch oven cook the chick peas and white beans seperately until just tender.
  • Using a smaller pot, cook the lentils for 20 minutes and drain the beans and lentils.
  • In the same pot, saute the onions, garlic*, ginger, paprika and cumin approximately 5 minutes in the oil. I use the olive oil for this one as the Moroccan home cooks who I know will allow this cooking of olive oil rarely and for this recipe.
  • Add the water, lentils, chick peas, white beans, tomatoes, carrots, pepper and cumin, black pepper and salt to taste. Our black pepper used in a teaspoon will impart some good spicy heat to the dish. Should your black pepper not do this then please add a bit more black pepper as we do not use cayenne here.
  • Bring to a boil for a 5 minutes and simmer 3/4 covered 1 to 1 1/2 hours or longer, until the beans and lentils are soft but not mushy.
  • I have seen mny similar recipes on the internet stating to puree some of the soup and return it to the pot. While this is a nice idea, most Moroccan homes do not have a blender and this soup is not intended to be made as such.
  • Prep. time does not include soaking and pre-cooking the beans.
  • * Omit the garlic if using for Ramadan.