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Servings: 6

Middle Eastern Lentil Soup Recipe

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Middle Eastern Lentil Soup Recipe - just a few basic ingredients to make this delicious, flavorful and nutritious soup. Great as a side soup or a light meal. Packed with Middle Eastern flavors, due to the combination of two very distinct spices - turmeric and cumin.
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  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup carrots — chopped, optional
  • 3 garlic cloves — pressed or minced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt — more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • lemon juice for serving
  • parsley for garnishing


  1. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch Oven. Add onion, garlic and carrots and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened, stirring frequently.

  2. Add in the turmeric, salt, pepper, cumin and turmeric. Add lentils and water, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the lentils are cooked. Add more water if needed, to thin the soup.

  3. Add more salt and pepper, if needed to taste. Serve with lemon juice, (adding 1 tsp per bowl makes it taste amazing). Garnish with parsley.

Course: Soups
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Nutrition Information

Calories: 207, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 217mg, Potassium: 485mg, Carbohydrates: 28g, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 11g, Vitamin A: 1800%, Vitamin C: 3.1%, Calcium: 42%, Iron: 3.8%