Lebanese Lentil Soup (Vegan)

Lebanese Lentil Soup (Vegan)

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Lebanese Lentil Soup is a vegan soup packed with lentils, potatoes, carrots, celery, cilantro, cumin and lots of lemon. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner!

Lebanese Lentil Soup (Vegan) | Recipe Nomad

My mom makes a lot of Lebanese Lentil Soup- mainly during Ramadan but the rest of the year she rarely makes it. But today I had a real hankering for the soup and since I had all of the ingredients I figured why not! It’s one of Mr. Nomad’s and my kids’ favorite soups anyway.

Lebanese Lentil Soup (Vegan) | Recipe Nomad

And I have to much lentils! So a funny lentil story for you. When I moved to Shanghai- way before I became a Shanghai Food Blogger, I brought a lot of lentils with me in my sea shipment. I misunderstood the rules for transporting food and bought 30 pounds of lentils (yes I can find lentils here but I didn’t know that at the time). At customs, they ended up confiscating 2 bags of yellow lentils and 2 bags of brown lentils. When our shipping company called us about it, asking if I wanted to contest the confiscation I was like NO!! There was at least 25 more bags in there and the last thing I wanted to do was have my shipment inspected any further!

Today I am down to my last 1/4 cup of lentils. No worries though- I can buy it at Bhoomi and a few other places around here. I couldn’t think of a better recipe to make with my last bit than this Lebanese Lentil Soup.

The vegetables and lentils are simply flavored with a bit of cumin, fresh coriander leaves and lemon juice. Lots of lemon juice! The soup takes a whole lemon but you have to serve lemon wedges on the side so people can add more lemon juice. The broth is just water which means it really takes on the flavor of the vegetables and cumin. Some people like to make it with chicken broth but I think it takes away from the taste of the cumin and lemon. Together those two ingredients are the star of the dish.

The soup stores well and in fact tastes better after a day in the refrigerator. So make an extra batch of this and enjoy it all week!

Yields 6-8

Lebanese Lentil Soup (Vegan)

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 Onion, diced small
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower Oil
  • 1/4 cup Brown Lentils
  • 1 medium Potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 2 Celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin Powder
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 small bunch Cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups Water
  • Garnish: 1 Lemon, wedged 

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized pot, heat the oils and saute the onions until opaque and slightly brown.
  2. Add the water and the lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the vegetables, cumin, cilantro, salt and pepper and continue simmering for about 10 more minutes or when the vegetables are soft but still al dente.
  4. Pour in the lemon juice.
  5. Serve warm with extra lemon wedges
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23 Comments on Lebanese Lentil Soup (Vegan)

Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health said : Guest Report Mar 07, 2017 at 3:25 AM

I love lentil, especially lentil soups, but must admit, I haven't made it much this winter. It's time to correct that mistake :) This lentil soup sounds amazing. It's loaded with seasonal veggies. Perfect! Saving this to try!

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Molly Kumar said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2017 at 2:05 PM

I'm all about soups n salad these days and this 'Lebanese Lentil Soup' looks so refreshing from the regular thick lentil based soups I've been having. I love that its so light and easy to make.

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Donna said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2017 at 9:11 AM

Haha I love that you brought so many lentils with you! It's funny the extremes foodies go to when visiting another country - every time I go back to Australia from the U.S. I bring a ridiculous amount of chipotles in adobo (you can get them there - they are just like 10x the price and hard to track down). Anyway my husband is Lebanese, so we eat a lot of Lebanese food, and I am just sure he will love this :)

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swathi said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2017 at 7:04 AM

Lentils are main protein while growing up. We make curries with it. I buy tons of lentils here,. Your lentil soup sounds not only delicious but also filling. I can have them everyday.

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Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2017 at 6:55 AM

This looks like the perfect winter comfort foot - and healthy, too! Love all those veggies!

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Kylee from Kylee Cooks said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2017 at 4:49 AM

I'm so in love with soup, and this one looks delicious and hearty. What a lovely dinner this would make!

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Abigail Raines said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2017 at 4:28 AM

Love that it's a meal by itself which makes it perfect for a busy weeknight dinner! All that tangy lemons gives this soup that freshness I love!

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Sandhya Ramakrishnan said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2017 at 12:40 AM

Loved your story of how much lentils you bought with you. I tend to do that as well when I visit India, even though almost all the ingredients are available in US. I love lentil soup with Middle Eastern flavors and I love that this has so much of vegetables as well. Makes it a meal on a cold night!

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Megan Marlowe said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2017 at 12:07 AM

This soup looks hearty and comforting. I'm loving how easy it is to prepare. Lentils are so filling and a perfect addition to this delicious soup!

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Veena Azmanov said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2017 at 11:08 PM

I love lentils and I usually boil them and freeze so I have them on hand when I need them. This looks so yum. I love all the flavors you have going.

Byron Thomas said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2017 at 10:06 PM

You had me at lentil! Lentils, no matter what time of year, is always a mainstay in our pantry. We love the diversity of lentils and the protein as well. I can't wait to add this recipe to my growing lentil recipe collections.

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Mar 05, 2017 at 7:21 PM

Absolutely perfect!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Mar 05, 2017 at 7:21 PM

I know! As we get older we appreciate so much don't we!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Mar 05, 2017 at 7:21 PM

Oh you have to try more Lebanese food! It's all so yummy!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Mar 05, 2017 at 7:20 PM

Thanks! Enjoy!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Mar 05, 2017 at 7:20 PM

I love this soup! And it's never too much lemon!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Mar 05, 2017 at 7:19 PM

Thanks! Today is a cold day in Shanghai too! Cant wait for better weather!

Gillian Thompson said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2017 at 6:37 PM

Really loving soups at the moment with this cold weather (yes even in Hong Kong!). Your soup sounds delicious and filling.

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Michelle Blackwood said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2017 at 9:44 AM

I love lentil soup and I would love to try this recipe with the addition of the whole lemon juiced, I think it would taste great

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Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2017 at 8:34 AM

I love lentil soup, and this one has so many delicious spices and veggies that I love. Looks SO good!

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Christine McMichael said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2017 at 4:33 AM

Yum! I've only had Lebanese food once, so I'm excited to try out something new. Saving for later!

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Stephanie@ApplesforCJ said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2017 at 11:57 PM

I love lentils and always have a jar of them on hand. So this soup is calling my name. It's funny though cause my Mom used to make these too and I didn't really appreciate them growing up.

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Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2017 at 10:53 PM

This soup sounds delicious. Love the the chunky pieces of veggies. Lentils are such a great ingredient to work with. Perfect for this cold weekend we are having here.

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