Monday, November 6, 2006

It's Winter Lentil Soup (Shorbaat Aads)

(I took a picture, cant post it now? Will keep trying....)

Shorbaat Aads (It's Winter Lentil Soup)


1 ½ cup Orange Lentils
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium sized carrot, shredded/grated
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt & pepper
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 tablespoons Cumin
Dash of Turmeric
Dash of ground corriander
Dash of Paprika
1 tablespoon Heavy Cream


2 white pita breads
Oil for frying
Salt & cumin
Drizzle of heavy cream
OPTIONAL: Sauteed Sliced red bell pepper


Put 1 ½ cups of orange lentils in pot. Add approx. 4 cups of water, bring to a boil and skim out “white foam” as you see it. Cover and turn heat to low. Turn off when lentils are tender, if there is water still don’t worry about it, its better this way.

In a large stock pot, add a few pats of butter and oil.
Add chopped onion, garlic, red bell pepper and garlic, sauté until soft and a bit brown, not too much.
Then add in shredded carrots and stir around for 5 minutes.
Add two tablespoons of tomato paste, stir until all coated. You should have like a mushy ball, don’t worry this is right.

Your lentils have cooled, add to blender, add in sautéed onion garlic carrot mixture on top.
Add a bit of water, like 1 cup and puree.

Add the pureed soup back into same pot where you sautéed the onions.

Add salt, pepper to taste.
Add chicken bouillon cube.
Add a dash of turmeric, 2 tablespoons of cumin, dash of corriander and a dash of paprika.

Bring to a boil, then turn to real low and simmer 30-45 minutes.
If consistency is too thick, add water.
The last step is to stir in one tablespoon of heavy cream before serving.


Rip the two white pitas into bite size pieces.
Heat oil in wok, deep fry the pita pieces and drain.
Sprinkle with salt and cumin.

Spoon soup in to serving dishes, you may drizzle a touch, very, very little heavy cream and a pat of fresh butter and a few slices of sauteed red bell pepper if you using for presentation then add pita chips to warm soup on top.

Arrange extra pita chips around each soup bowl on plate for presentation. ENJOY!!

*** You can make this the same way, by adding meat. Take a thin sliced steak with bone, brown in butter until cooked. De-bone the steak. Chop meat into tiny, tiny pieces, add to soup after you pureed and put into pot. Add the bone to the soup to cook in the flavor and remove bone before serving. If using this method, you may want to cook soup a bit longer to get meatier flavor, instead of 30 minutes, put on real low for one hour.***


  1. Fried pita, i never tried that before. What a great twist to pita.

  2. Yeah you won't believe how good it is in this soup. Be sure you really deep fry it, it takes just a few seconds, its get real brown, be careful not to burn.


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