Green Lentil Soup

Serves a lot!

Prep Time: 20′

Cooking Time: 1h15′

What you need:

  • 2 Cups Green Lentils, washed and drained
  • 2 Medium Onions, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Cups Fresh Kale (or swiss chard), washed, drained and roughly chopped
  • ½ Cup Fresh Coriander, Chopped
  • 7 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 10 cups of water
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

 

Method:

Cold weather has started here in the UK and nothing beats soups!

I love cooking in big quantities, the truth is I love cooking and freezing! When I have a busy day ahead nothing beats defrosting real homemade food and eating it!

Green lentil soup in Arabic is called 3adas bil hamoud, which is lentil with lemon, because it’s served with a squeeze of lemon in your bowl.

Once you got all your ingredients ready, fry the onions in the oil until soft and brown, add the lentils, keep them frying together for a few minutes, blends flavors together, then add the water. When it starts boiling, cover, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

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Add the kale then cover for another 20 minutes. The original recipe calls for swiss chard, and that’s how my mom has always cooked it, but since I’ve discovered kale, I incorporate it in a lot of dishes, and green lentil soup is no different!

At this point, you can add the coriander and garlic. Some recipes tell you to fry them with some olive oil and then dump them in your pot, I avoid this step and just add them to the pot, the onions have fried, no need for more oil in there.

Cover and simmer for an additional 30 minutes. You might notice that you need to add more water than the 10 cups, the lentils expand slightly when cooked, they need to stay comfortably floating in boiling water J

From this point on, start tasting the lentils, they should have softened, if you like them to crunch a bit, you can take them off the heat, or leave them longer.

Season with salt and pepper.

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Serve with some baguette bread slices, and a squeeze of lemon, YUM! This soup is one of my favorites in cold weather! It reminds me of my childhood in my parents’ kitchen, on a Friday (we never had meat at home on Fridays), after returning from school for lunch! Lovely memories!

Wait to completely cool before freezing.

Bon appetit!

 

 

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