Make Ahead

Lemony Lentil Soup

February  3, 2021
0 Ratings
Photo by tapasya
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

An amalgam of Indian and Middle Eastern flavors, this lentil soup is bursting with citrus. This was inspired by the restaurant Mamnoon, one of our favorite restaurants to go for dinner in Seattle. —tapasya

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 2 cups vegetarian broth or water
  • 2s shallots
  • 1 pod of garlic
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 2 lemon
  • 3 sprigs of parsley
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • salt
  1. Chop shallots, garlic and the tomato separately and set aside.
  2. Set your instant pot to "saute" mode.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of avocado oil to the instant pot.
  4. Once the oil is warm, saute the shallots and garlic for 3 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  5. Add the chopped tomato and saute for 3 minutes.
  6. Now turn off the instant pot, add 1/2 cup of red lentils, broth or water, cumin and cook on "high pressure" for 17 minutes. Alternatively cook on stovetop using cook times on lentil package.
  7. Once the lentils are cooked and cool, blend it using a hand held immersion blender.
  8. To the lentils, add zest of 1 lemon and juice of 1/2 lemon, using less lemon juice if you like it less citrusy and salt to taste.
  9. Pour the soup into cups and finish with chopped parsley, a drizzle of olive oil and lemon wedges.

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6 Reviews

creamtea February 7, 2021
this sounds so good! Going to order red lentils for my next grocery order.
tapasya February 10, 2021
That’s awesome!! Do let us how it turns out! 😊
luvcookbooks February 7, 2021
Looks so good! I am just learning the Instant Pot, so happy to have an Instant Pot set of directions.
tapasya February 7, 2021
Instant pot makes cooking so much easier and quicker! We love our instant pot! Do send us feedback if you end up trying it!
meganvt01 February 5, 2021
Hello! your recipe looks wonderful. Just wanted to make sure you saw our contest rules ( and that we would like to see the name and location of the restaurant that inspired your dish in the head note. Thanks!
tapasya February 5, 2021
We have updated this with the name and location of the restaurant.