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Mediterranean Kitchen Lentil Soup

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • 5 c Lentils
  • 3 qt Water
  • 1 1/2 lg Onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 c Vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 c Olive oil
  • 1 Green bell pepper, seeded,
  • -membranes removed, coarsely
  • -chopped
  • 1 ts Salt or to taste
  • 1/4 ts Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 ts Ground allspice
  • 1 ts Cumin
  • 3/4 ts Ground cinnamon
  • 6 Cloves garlic, peeled and
  • -coarsely chopped
  • 1 c Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 c Lemon juice


1. Bring lentils and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered,
while preparing the vegetables.

2. Meanwhile, in small frying pan cook onions in 1/4 cup vegetable oil
and the olive oil over medium heat.

3. When onions start to brown, about 10 minutes, add green pepper and
cook together for about 2 minutes.

4. Add onion-pepper combination and oil in which they were cooked to
lentils. cook lentils about 40 minutes. Season with salt; pepper,
allspice, cumin and cinnamon. continue to cook, covered, stirring
frequently, about 20 minutes.

5. Blend garlic with 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a blender or with mortar
and pestle until pureed and well blended.

6. When lentils are tender, add cilantro. Turn off heat. Then add
garlic-oil puree. Stir well.

7. After a minute, add lemon juice. Taste and correct seasonings if
necessary. Serve immediately.

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