Lemony Red Lentil Soup with Coriander, Cumin & Garlic (Addes Soup)

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Author Notes: This is a very hearty and nourishing soup that my mother-in-law, Jamile Betesh used to make. Lentils or Addes in Arabic is an important ingredient in Syrian cooking because it was inexpensive, yet very nutritious, and delicious! Along with a bowl of addes soup, all you need to complete this dirt cheap meal is some warm pita bread(for dunking) and a green salad.Joy Betesh

Serves 4-6

  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 1-2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Rinse the lentils, then put in a pot with the water and bring to a boil. Cook the lentils for about 45 minutes on medium fire till they become thick and creamy. Squeeze the lemon into the pot and cook 10 -15 minutes longer
  2. In a small bowl mix the garlic, coriander, cumin and salt till it forms a paste. Put the olive oil in a small frying pan and add the paste and saute till golden for 2-3 minutes. Add to the hot soup and let cook another 10 minutes.
  3. Mix the flour with the water and using a strainer, strain into the soup, stirring the soup constantly, so there are no lumps. Cook another 2-3 minutes. Garnish with sprigs of cilantro or parsley

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3 months ago Suma Chandrasekaran

wasn't sure if you meant ground cumin and coriander but thats what I used! I think it might be easier to sautee the garlic separately and just mix in the spices directly into the soup as they started to smell a bit burnt when using the ground forms. I just shortened the sautee time though and turned out great. Ate with some warmed pita!


7 months ago Catherine Green

I love this soup and this recipe. Feels like life itself. Thank you.


over 4 years ago Joy Betesh

Thanks, Panfusine, comforting and filling, too!


over 4 years ago Panfusine

Total Comfort food. This is almost exactly the way I make Masoor dal (red lentil dal), Indian style...except for the tempering step!, 2 rotis and you need nothing more!