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Lebanese lentil soup served in a white bowl and garnished with lemon wedges and parsley

Lebanese Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas)

A very healthy and hearty traditional Lebanese Lentil Soup (Shorbet Adas) that can be served during Ramadan and any other time during the year.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Lebanese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Mariam E.


  • 2.5 cups red lentil
  • 1 medium onion cubed
  • 1 small sized carrot peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium golden potato or any potato, peeled cubed
  • 2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. fine black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. salt or more
  • ½ tsp 7 spice optional, if you have it handy
  • 2.5-3  liters of water
  • 1 tbsps. fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Fried Pita Bread optional
  • Caramelized onions very finely chopped, Optional


  • Wash lentils until the water becomes almost clear after you rinse them. No froth what so ever after you wash it.
  • Place in pot and add the potatoes, onions and carrots. Add enough water to fill a medium sized bot ¾ of the way through. About 2.5-3 liters of water.
  • Boil for at least 45 minutes to an hour until the lentils have melted completely.
  • Turn off the heat and let the soup rest for about 10 minutes. Remove any excess water and save aside to add later if needed.
  • If you are blending the soup with a hand mixer you can do so right away. If you are blending with a regular blender, let it cool a bit before you blend to avoid burning yourself or be very careful while you blend it hot.
  • Blend until it’s super creamy, leaving no chunks behind. I blend for at least 1 minute on high to get a very nice texture.
  • Return to the pot, add in the spice mixture (after you mix with water), salt and parsley.
  • Bring to boil and then simmer on low for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally to prevent any sticking on the bottom.
  • Remove from heat and add in the lemon juice. Wait for the soup to cool down a few minutes before serving to prevent your mouth from burning.
  • Serve with some crushed fried pita and enjoy.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 748mg | Potassium: 742mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1504IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 5mg
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