The Iraqi Family Cookbook

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Lentil Soup-Shorbat Adas. شوربة عدس

This is a vegetarian soup. My mother used to cook lentil with chicken or lamb, but his recipe is fast, easy and delicious!

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 cup red lentils

1/4 cup rice

6 cups boiling water

Place the lentils and rice in a bowl and rinse in warm water. In a nonstick pot, sauté the onions in oil and add the spices. Pour the hot water over the onions and simmer for 5 minutes.

Strain the lentils and rice and add to the onion mixture. Bring to boil and simmer for 25 minutes. Skim off the scum that develops on top. Stir the lentil to make sure it does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Add the salt and more spices if you like. You could fry some onions and add them to the soup before serving. Serve this soup as a side dish with kabob or with toasted bread.