Rating: 4.24 stars
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

This soup is like a warm hug. And it's very easy to prepare.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Stir in onion and cook until soft about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the lentils and water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Cooking times will vary depending on the freshness of the lentils.

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  • Ladle a half cup of the soup liquid into a bowl and whisk in the flour to form a paste. Mix the paste into the soup. Add the spinach, lemon juice, and salt. If you prefer a thinner soup, add a bit more water. Cook until spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes. Adjust salt and lemon to suit your taste.

Nutrition Facts

166 calories; protein 9g; carbohydrates 24.6g; fat 3.8g; sodium 303.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (24)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2009
Hello, I'm the author of this recipe. You need to add about a teaspoon of cumin to the soup towards the end with the lemon juice. The cumin and lemon juice make all the difference in the taste. Read More
(76)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/06/2009
merely OK which is odd because I usually love Syrian food. Seemed like it was definitely missing something even with the addition of cumin. Was a decent way to use up some old lentils I had laying around but won't be making this one again any time soon. Read More
(13)
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2009
Hello, I'm the author of this recipe. You need to add about a teaspoon of cumin to the soup towards the end with the lemon juice. The cumin and lemon juice make all the difference in the taste. Read More
(76)
Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2010
I added cilantro, garlic, corriander and a chicken bouillon cube,,amazing!! A+++ Read More
(18)
Rating: 2 stars
03/05/2009
merely OK which is odd because I usually love Syrian food. Seemed like it was definitely missing something even with the addition of cumin. Was a decent way to use up some old lentils I had laying around but won't be making this one again any time soon. Read More
(13)
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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2011
This is a very good base recipe. You need to add what you like but mine came out great. I added carrots, corriander, cumin, garlic salt and tabasco. This is a perfect post workout meal packed with protein and low in fat. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2010
Wonderful recipe! I added two bay leaves to the boiling water and lentils, making sure to take them out before step 2 I added a cup of vegetable stock after adding the lemon juice and spinach. The cumin and parsley were a great addition and cracked pepper is a must in my diet!! Delicious! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2009
Our mother used to always make this soup for us. Mmmmm Read More
(8)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2010
I added more spinach and the recommended cumin. We really enjoyed it. Ours came out less like a soup than like a thick stew though... and I added in additional water and skipped the step with the flower. Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2009
Seemed like it was lacking something. I used some bone broth as part of the liquid; added some pepper and fresh parsley when it still seemed like it needed something more. I think I'll try adding some turkey or some spicy sausage when/if I make this again. At any rate my baby seemed to like it. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2009
Good basic recipe. Definately needs the 1 t. of cumin. Read More
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