Egyptian Lentil Soup (Shorbet Ads Masri) a luscious and creamy soup with the goodness of red lentils, vegetables and warm spices. Bowl full of nourishment that takes less than an hour to make in one pot or pressure cooker. Perfect with a dash of lime and warm pitta!!
Hello my lovely friends!!
Sometimes all you need is to sit with a bowl full of nourishment that will leave you feeling warm and satisfied.
This red lentil soup fits the bill perfectly. Its filling, its delicious and super easy to make.
Red Lentil Soup known as “Shorbet Ads Masri” is a staple dish in Egypt actually it is a staple in many arabic countries. Every restaurant had this lentil soup in their menu.
This soup has been such a saviour my whole trip especially for my little one. I was looking for some healthy alternative for my son. When I saw this in the menu and enquired about what ingredients went into making this soup, I was really happy to have found something healthy and delicious. He was just 21 months old then and can’t really rely on kebabs or falafels the whole trip. This red lentil soup really saved me the tension of feeding little A with nourishing and wholesome food. He loved it and finished off a bowl along with pittas.
We used to have this soup in the evenings after we were back from some tiring excursions or dessert activities. There was nothing more comforting and satisfying than a bowlful of this warm lentil soup.
How to make Lentil soup
When I tasted it for the first time, it tasted co much similar like this Indian Bengali style masoor dal. We don’t add so many veggies in our dal, where as this Egyptian style cumin scented lentil soup is loaded with garlic and vegetables.
There are many variations of making this soup.
* Simply toss in the vegetables and lentils along with the spices, masalas and vegetable stock in a pressure cooker. And pressure cook it until everything is well cooked (or if using a wide pot simmer it for 30 to 40 minutes until everything is cooked through). With a hand blender puree the veggie and lentils until smooth. In the end add 1-2 tbsp of butter or ghee or olive oil and mix (I highly recommend ghee or butter).
*In the other method simply stir fry the veggies in some olive oil or ghee for a minute before adding the rest of the ingredients and pressure cooking it until everything is cooked through.
I have tried both these ways. And yielded the same perfect warm and comforting flavours.
Egyptian Lentil Soup (Shorbet Ads Masri)
- 1 cup Red Lentils (Masoor dal) Washed in cold water and strained
- 1 small Onion roughly chopped
- 1 large Carrot washed, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 small Potato washed, peeled and cut into cubes
- 3 large Garlic cloves Peeled, roughly chopped
- 2 small Tomatoes chopped
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- 2 tbsp Olive oil/ Ghee (brown butter)/butter I used homemade ghee
- 5 cups (1 litre) Vegetable Stock / Water
- Salt as per taste
- Pepper as per taste
- Heat a pressure cooker or a large thick bottomed pan on medium-high heat.
- Add ghee or olive oil in the pressure cooker, then add the onions, carrots, potatoes and garlic and sauté for 2 mins.
- Toss in the washed lentils and tomatoes and mix everything well.
- Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt and pepper and mix well until it coats everything.
- Add 5 cups of vegetable stock and stir.
- Now pressure cook the lentil mixture for 5 – 6 whistles or until the lentils and vegetable are cooked completely. (If you are cooking it in a saucepan then simmer the lentil and vegetable mixture for 30 to 40 minutes or until the lentils and veggies are cooked through)
- Remove it from the heat and with an immersion hand blender blend the lentil-veggie mixture into a smooth and silky puree. (If you like chunkier texture just blend half and leave the rest as it is)
- Put it back on the heat and slowly bring it to a simmer again. If it is very thick add a cup of vegetable stock or water and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Check the seasoning. add salt and pepper if required.
- Serve it hot with a squeeze of lime or a dollop of yogurt or crispy fried onions. And of course some pittas.
I hope you enjoy this luscious Egyptian Red Lentil soup as mush as we do.