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Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas)

Lentil Soup (Shorbet Addas)is the ramadan's classic in the Middle Eastern table, full of nutrients and easy preparation

Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas), a traditional Middle Eastern dish and a must-try during chilly winters and Ramadan. With ingredients you already have in your pantry, you can prepare Grandma’s recipe that has been passed down through generations. It may be quickly made while still being full of nostalgic warmth and satisfying even the pickiest eaters.

Get ready to enjoy this delicious, creamy, and nourishing soup. Each bowl of Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas) will take you back in time to the warmth of your childhood. You can thank the lentils for the thickness and fulfillment of this majestic soup, along with the aromatic spices, fresh veggies, and olive oil for intensifying all those Middle Eastern flavors!


A bowl of lentil soup (shorbet adas) topped with pomegranate, parsley and baked bread.
Heartwarming lentil soup.


Why You Will Love This Homemade Lentil Soup

This dish, which was created with basic, affordable materials, stands as a shining example of brilliant cost-cutting.

Additionally, it has an unrivaled capacity for crowd satisfaction, making it the ideal option for both large and small parties. Its substantial goodness makes it a family-friendly choice that appeals to all palates, and even the little ones can’t resist it. Imagine a feast that not only nourishes but also adorns your table with coziness and charm, whether it be during the chilly embrace of winter or the spiritual Ramadan, with hot bowls of this aromatic creation.

In addition, lentils contain more than 25% protein, and that’s an awesome meat alternative. They have lots of iron, a mineral that is sometimes missing in vegetarian diets. They’re also packed with vitamins B, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. What a combo!

The best thing? This Middle Eastern lentil soup comes together effortlessly, ready to delight your taste buds, in just a matter of minutes.


Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas) topped with lemon slices and pomegranate seeds, is the best choice for winter and Ramadan.
Soup season is here!

How to Serve

Add some fresh herbs as a garnish for a bit of visual appeal, like some chopped parsley or a sprig of cilantro. The soup tastes even better when served with a side of warm, crusty bread, which is ideal for dipping and enjoying every last bit.

You can enhance your experience of lentil soup by serving it with a variety of side dishes, in addition to the delightful paring of warm, crusty bread or a side salad.

Think about providing a platter of salty cheese and charcuterie so that guests may mix and match their favorite flavors. The rich aromas of the soup can be well complemented by a variety of mezze inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine, which includes treats like hummus, falafel, and stuffed grape leaves.

It doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating Ramadan or hosting a gathering in the heart of winter; this thoughtfully arranged lentil soup is sure to impress.


A delicious bowl of lentil soup topped with sprinkled with parsley, pomegranate and a slice of lemon.
Love in a bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pre-soak the lentils?

Not at all; you can put your lentils directly into the pot as they cook quickly.

Can I use an immersion blender?

Actually, this is the easiest way. Of course, you can use the stationary blender as well.

Can I add some red chili flakes on top of my soup?

Of course! If you are a fan of spicy food, then why not? But add it just to your plate in case someone else is not into spiciness.

Can I use a different type of lentil?

I only recommend the red lentils (orange) for this recipe; other types will change the texture, color, and taste.

Can I freeze lentil soup leftovers?

Absolutely. Lentil soup freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to airtight containers or freezer-safe bags. When reheating, simply thaw and warm it up on the stovetop.

Is this soup suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

Yes, our lentil soup recipe is entirely vegetarian and vegan-friendly. It uses plant-based ingredients to create a rich and hearty flavor profile.


Tasty Vegan Lentil Soup!

A yummy bowl of lentil soup topped with parsley, pomegranate and slices of lemon.
Grandma’s Comforting Soup.

Lentil Soup Tips

The water measure is based on your taste and texture of choice, you can keep adding more water if you want your Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas) thinner, or on the opposite, add less water if you want it thicker. You are the boss!

If you don’t have the immersion blender, no worries, the stand blender will do, just do it in portions and watch out because it will be hot.

There is no need to complicate your life and pre-soak those lentils before! They will be cooked in no time!

You can serve this soup with some pita bread and a leafy salad.


Simple Ingredients

Red lentils 

Water or broth (if using broth, omit bouillon)

Seasonings: Cumin, Coriander powder, Ginger powder, Onion powder, Garlic powder, and Black pepper 

Salt 

Bouillon (vegetarian/vegan)

Russet potato (pilled) 

Carrots 

Celery stalk (optional)

Yellow onion

Olive oil


Quick and Easy Steps to Prep

First, add the olive oil to a pot, then add the finely diced onions. 

Now, sauté until brown, then add the lentils and mix. 

Then, add the veggies, diced small.

After that, add the spices, and the hot water, and let it come to a boil before covering it and letting it simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.

Finally, transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Heat again before serving.


A yummy bowl of lentil soup topped with parsley, pomegranate and slices of lemon, making it the star dish on the table.
Best way to warm your chilly nights.

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Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas) is a typical Lebanese dish, specially during ramadan. Nutritious and flavorful, truly a balm to your soul!

Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas)

Fatimah
Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas) is a traditional Lebanese dish that is hearty, delicious, heartwarming, and nutritious. It is the perfect soup for winter and Ramadan. Everyone will pour a second bowl of it! Sahtein!
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings 4
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender
  •  Immersion Blender  optional

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup lentils  red
  • 6 cups water or broth if using broth omit bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder 
  • teaspoon ginger powder 
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder 
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder 
  • teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon  bouillon vegetarian/vegan
  • 1 small russet potato diced
  • ¼ cup carrots
  • 1 stalk celery optional
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin

Instructions
 

  • Add the olive oil to a pot, then add the finely diced onions. 
  • Sauté until brown, then add the lentils and mix. 
  • Add the veggies, diced small.
  • Add the spices, then hot water, and let it come to a boil before covering it and letting it simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Hit again before serving.

Notes

  • The water measure is up to your taste, you can keep adding more water if you want your Lentil Soup thinner, or on the opposite, add less water if you want it thicker.
  • There is no need to complicate your life and pre-soak those lentils before! They will be cooked in no time!

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal
Keyword Adas shorba, arabic lentil soup, lebanese lentil soup, shorbet adas
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19 thoughts on “Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas)

  1. Asma says:

    5 stars
    This is the best tasting lentil soup ever. Perfect spices mix and it’s easy to make.

  2. Candice says:

    5 stars
    Amazing lentils soup, an explosion of flavor yet warm and comforting. Great recipe !

  3. Candice says:

    5 stars
    Best tasting lentil soup, an explosion of flavor yet warm and comforting. Great recipe !

  4. Rawan Almakhloog says:

    5 stars
    This also one of my top favorites soups to make and your recipe just hit the spot!

    My husband and I make it regularly since it’s so rainy now to stay warm and cozy with some خبز عربي ♥️🙏🏼!

    Love it,

    Thank you Fatimah,
    Rawan

  5. Nadia says:

    5 stars
    I’m not usually a big fan of lentil soup but this recipe hit the mark! It was so tasty and comforting on a cold day. Thank you

  6. Bushra says:

    5 stars
    The best adas i have ever had. We had snow day after day and i tried a few recipes from falasteenifoodie those days. They’re all so wonderful.

  7. Sumra says:

    5 stars
    A weekly staple for our family, especially on a cold winter day. Easy and flavorful!

  8. Marya says:

    5 stars
    Jazakallah for all the delicious recipes, we loved it as its close to a soup we desis make. Delicious.

  9. Hanan says:

    5 stars
    Best soup recipe ever

  10. Marija says:

    5 stars
    Easy, delicious, and incredibly flavorful. Perfect soup for a cold day ❤️

  11. GP says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ve tried so many similar Shorbet Adas recipes and they never come out great. But, this is the best one yet. This soup is amazing. Finally was able to make it tonight for dinner. Loving all of your recipes.

  12. Yasmeen Al-adra says:

    5 stars
    Yummy

  13. Sausan Abdel Jalil says:

    5 stars
    Made this the other day for iftar and it came out amazing!! By far my favorite a3das recipe. I fried pita bread on the side and sprinkled sumac on it. It was amazing!

  14. Sausan Abdel Jalil says:

    5 stars
    Made this the other day and it came out amazing! By far my favorite adas recipe ♥️

  15. Dalia says:

    5 stars
    I made this soup and the chicken shawarma last Thursday. Perfection!! Thank you so much!!!

  16. Nadha Isarudeen says:

    5 stars
    I made this for the first time 2 days ago and my usband and I inhaled it for iftar! I was always afraid of making any kind of soup and this recipe did NOT disappoint and it was so easy and quick to make too. I made this the next day for my in-laws and they loved it so much.

  17. Noelle Abdelhady says:

    5 stars
    I made this recipe multiple times during Ramadan and we loved it! It’s our new go to recipe. When my Egyptian husband had the flu a few weeks into Ramadan, the only thing he wanted to eat was this soup! He requested it specifically and ended up eating three bowls❤️ He said it’s the best one he’s eaten. We love it so much that I make a weekly batch and keep it in the refrigerator whenever we have a craving and just reheat it.

  18. Noor says:

    5 stars
    Can’t emphasize enough how perfect this recipe is! The flavor is so on point and taste just like home. Love this dish!

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