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Lebanese Lentil Soup

The blog has been around for over 5 years now and it’s only now that I realize I haven’t even shared a favorite classic – OMG! What would my life be without Lebanese lentil soup? It would be poorer by many delicious moments and memories… Yet the soup has superpowers – It is creamy and crunchy as well as warming and refreshing at the same time!

Hearty, creamy and fruity at the same time

Cream soups are something wonderful – you just throw everything roughly chopped in a pot, roast it briefly and then simply deglaze it with broth. Then the blender does the rest. A recipe just the way I like it: quick & easy.

At least when I really do not feel like standing longer in the kitchen and still want to give me something really good. Lentil soup just always goes!

The soup warms me in winter and refreshes me in summer. No, no – I don’t eat the soup cold in summer, of course. The refreshment comes from the characteristic fruity lemon note, which, by the way, you can determine yourself.

Therefore, the amount of lemon juice in the recipe is only a recommendation – so feel free to just feel your way until your personal taste is met.

In addition to the acidity, there are several other flavors to discover in the lentil soup, because spices are not stingy here. Cinnamon, turmeric, coriander seeds, cumin, cloves and bay leaf will party mightily on your taste buds.

By the way, you don’t need cream for the Lebanese lentil soup. But I like to top my plate with a small portion of tahini – delicious!

Lebanese lentil soup and the discovery of crunchiness

What I still particularly like about this classic since my childhood is the crispy toasted pita bread. While the lentils are simmering nicely, pita bread is either toasted in the oven or briefly deep-fried in hot fat.

My mother always had to toast at least twice the amount of pita bread, because the first crispy pita we always snacked away so. And I still do it that way now. I crisp away the first half of the bread while cooking the lentil soup as an appetizer. The rest then lands simply coarsely crumbled on the soup. This gives the whole again a nice contrast in the mouth and is really delicious.

I wish you lots of fun trying it out and of course a good appetite.

Recipe for Lebanese lentil soup

Libanesische Linsensuppe
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 346



Lentil soup

  • 250 g Red lentils
  • 1,5 L Vegetable broth
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrot (large)
  • 1 Potato (small)
  • 70 ml Lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 5 TBSP Olive oil
  • 1,5 TSP Cumin
  • 1/2 TSP Coriander seeds ground
  • 1 pinch cloves ground
  • 1/2 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP Turmeric
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Salt, pepper

Toasted pita bread

  • 1 Lebanese pita bread

Topping (as desired)

  • Tahini
  • chopped parsley
  • Chilli flakes


Prepare lentil soup

  • Peel and quarter the onion and garlic.
  • Peel the carrot and potato and cut into large cubes.
  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and fry the onion and garlic in it for about 2 minutes on a high heat. Stir occasionally.
  • Add the carrot and potato and sauté for another 2 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Add the spices and bay leaf and stir-fry for another minute.
  • Add the lentils and deglaze with vegetable stock.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer on medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the bay leaf and puree the soup.
  • Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. (You can also try adding half of the lemon juice and see if you like the acidity. In general, the soup should have a good acidity).
  • Serve the lentil soup and garnish with some tahini, toasted pita bread, parsley and chilli flakes if desired. 

Roast pita bread

  • Preheat the oven to approx. 180 °C.
  • Separate the pita bread halves from each other. 
  • Toast the pita bread in the oven for about 4 minutes.
  • Crumble the toasted pita bread.


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Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1564mg | Potassium: 965mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3383IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 6mg

Be sure to try the lentil and chard soup or makhloota.

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