• 6servings
  • 85minutes
  • 295calories

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Nutrition Info . . .

NutrientsLipids, Cellulose
VitaminsA, B3, C, D, E, P
MineralsNatrium, Silicon, Potassium, Magnesium, Sulfur, Phosphorus, Cobalt, Molybdenum

Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 1/2 cups split red lentils

  2. water

  3. 1 large onion , finely chopped

  4. 1/4 cup butter (olive oil or ghee or samneh)

  5. 4 -5 garlic cloves , crushed

  6. 1 potato , half cooked, peeled and cubed

  7. 2 teaspoons baharat ( Baharat Aka Middle East Mixed Spices - the Real Mix )

  8. 3/4 teaspoon coriander , freshly ground

  9. 2 dashes turmeric powder

  10. 2 cups fresh tomatoes , peeled & chopped

  11. 2 dried black limes (loomi, found in some Middle Eastern shops)

  12. sea salt , to taste

  13. lemon wedge , to serve

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a frying pan, heat butter or olive oil etc. and add the finely chopped onion. Fry gently until transparent, do not brown. Stir in garlic and spices (not sea salt), cook a few seconds, then add chopped fresh tomatoes.

  2. Pick over lentils, place in a sieve and rinse under cold running water. Put into a large pot and add 6 cups water. Bring to the boil, skimming off the scum.

  3. Once the lentils and water have come to the boil, add the onion mixture along with the dried black limes, each pierced twice with a skewer or a fork (Do not use a knife as I did that before and the loomis broke in half with the simmering and the soup was a pretty strong loomi flavour), also add the chopped, half cooked potato in now.

  4. Return to the boil and boil gently, uncovered, for 40 minutes. [This seems long for split red lentils - I think you could get by with less time] Add sea salt to taste, and a little more water if soup looks too thick. Simmer gently for a further 25-30 minutes, uncovered, until the lentils and potato are tender. Stiring occasionally.

  5. Serve hot in deep bowls with lemon wedges on the side to squeeze on to individual portions. Serve with khoubiz (flat bread), salad, and pickles for a lovely light Arabian meal.

  6. Enjoy!


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