Lentil Soup Recipe (Shorbat Adas)

Food Friday, Recipes

Hii Everyone! Coming to you with a really yummy and vegetarian-friendly soup as the cold weather approaches. Recently, I traveled to Canada for my cousin’s wedding and it was freezing! I mean 36 degrees fahrenheit kind of freezing and was craving this soup! As I live in San Diego, our fall and winter nights can range from 40-65 degrees, not bad in comparison to my peeps along the east coast. Being middle eastern, I grew up eating this soup and I love changing it up here and there to keep things interesting. Also, it’s typical for a middle eastern to have lentil soup in the morning for breakfast, but I prefer to eat soup for lunch or dinner. Keep on reading for the recipe– hope you enjoy! xx

Ingredients for Lentil Soup: Orange/Red Lentils, Rice, Salt, Cumin, Turmeric, and Onions. (not pictured: black pepper, curry powder, and Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning


  1. Prep 2 cups of orange lentils in a bowl and 1 cup of rice
  2. You’ll need 1/2 of an onion– finely chopped.
  3. Bring a pot to boil water, I added about 8 cups of water to a boil.
  4. Add the chopped onions to a skillet, add olive oil & saute them for a few minutes (lightly brown)
  5. Wash the lentils and rice until all the starch is gone (water needs to be clear; 8-9 times).
  6. Now add the lentils and rice to the skillet w/ the onion and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Next, transfer the lentils, rice, and onions to the boiling pot of water.
  8. Add 1/2 tablespoon cumin, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 2 tablespoons of salt, sprinkle curry powder and black pepper to taste. Optional: add a dash of Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning.
  9. Cover the pot and let everything cook on medium heat for about an hour. I like to stir every 20-30 minutes, then reduce heat to low for another 30 minutes until fully cooked.
  10. Finally, pour into a bowl and eat away.

*Side Note: In most middle eastern owned restaurants, lemon is typically served when ordering this lentil soup, I don’t like lemon in my soup, for that reason, I didn’t include it in my recipe.

Below I’ve included some prep pictures as I was making the lentil soup. 

For those of you who have never tried lentils, they are very rich in fiber, protein and low in calories while being high in nutritional value. You’ll feel full and satisfied after eating a bowl & you can eat the soup with some pita bread too! I hope you all give this quick and easy recipe a try. If you try it, let me know ? If you changed it up, let me know what you left out or added. Until next time, xoxo!

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