Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

This is such a quick soup to make and wonderful for a chilly day.  It is a vegan recipe, but you can add a dollop of natural yoghurt  if you are vegetarian.

Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

This is a quick soup that I cook when I don’t have much in the kitchen or garden and feel like something warm and spicy, which doesn't take long to make. Chili is not in the original recipe so leave it out if you wish . It freezes really well if you have any extra
Course lunch
Diet Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Author Moosewood Restaurant


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 potatoes chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely sliced
  • 1 Tbsp oil any kind
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1-2 chopped fresh chili or ½ tsp chili power (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh coriander
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Rinse the lentils well – red ones tend to give off a lot of scum
  • Gently fry the onions until soft, and then add the garlic and spices.
  • Fry for about 2 minutes, stirring so the spices don’t burn
  • Put the onion mix in a pot with the lentils and potatoes.
  • Cook until potatoes are soft – about 20 minutes. Add more water if necessary
  • Blend with a stick blender or in a liquidiser – I like a coarse soup, but blend it until smooth if you prefer.
  • Stir in the fresh coriander and serve
  • A dollop of natural yogurt goes well with this

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