The more I connect with my culture and ethnicity the more I realize that the core of Egyptian food is plant based. It’s all about whole foods! Beans, legumes, nuts, vegetables and fruits. Which is great because when I changed my lifestyle, I basically ate delicious Egyptian food all the time! One of my all time favourite soups growing up is Lentil soup or as Egyptians call it “Shorbet Aads”. This is my mom’s recipe which I tweaked a tinyyy bit.
Some Health Benefits:
Lentils are a rich source of dietary fiber. They are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc,niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It gets activated with heat but make sure to add towards the end. Black Pepper helps you absorb it.
Note all ingredients I use are organic!
- 2 cups dried orange split lentils
- 8 cups of water
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 1 thin-skinned potato (like Yukon gold), cut into a small dice
- 1 carrot, peeled, cut in a small dice
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive oil)
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 3-4 garlic cloves (I love garlic!)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- Salt and pepper, to taste
1. In a large saucepan, cover the lentils with 5 cups of water. Add tomato, potato, carrot, and salt and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any foam that forms on top.
2. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 2 minutes, then turn the heat to medium-low and cook until golden and caramelized, about 8 minutes. The onions should not be burnt. Stir in the cumin and turmeric, cook 1 minute. Set aside.
3. Remove the lentil mixture from heat and purée using a hand-held immersion blender or in batches in the regular blender. Add to the onions and spices along with the 3 cups water, if you prefer a thicker soup, add less. Bring soup to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, or until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
I like to squeeze half a lemon on it because I squeeze lemon on all my soups!
Enjoy or as Egyptians say “Seha w hana” which means Health and wellness.