An Arabic Recipe for Winter

Middle Eastern Lentil Soup

It is getting to that part of the year where it gets cold and frosty. The junk food we have been accustomed to during the summer soon goes out the window in favor of healthy, warm hearty meals. The same premise is relevant in the Middle East where the winter season, albeit not as cold as the UK winter, means that meals become a lot healthier as a result.

This brings us to lentil soup. Lentil soup is usually requested frequently in Arabic catering as it lays the foundation of a great meal. It is a starter, but a satisfying one at that. In the Middle East its Arabic name is Shorbat Adas. It has different names and variations depending on where you are in that region. However, one thing stays the same – its popularity! Shorbat Adas is esentially made up 2 or 3 core ingredients. The first being Lentils and the second being water. Everything in between is a matter of taste!

Check out our recipe below and have a go at cooking it at home.


6 Cups of Water

1 clove of garlic

1 cube of vegetable Oxo

2 cups of red lentils

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of curry powder

2 teaspoons of salt

Fresh Mint



Make sure that you drain the lentils well and give them a thorough clean. Put all the ingredients in a big pan and mix them up. Afterwards, make sure you bring the soup to a boil and then leave it to sit for about 40 minutes. Finally, ensure that the soup mixture is not to thick and not too runny then serve with a dash of olive oil and mint. There you have it, a wonderful winter middle eastern soup to enjoy!

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