Lentil soup is made with lentils and is one of the popular traditional Persian (Iranian) soups. Lentil soup is simple, inexpensive to cook, has a mild earthy flavor and usually served for breakfast, but it’s also served in other meals with bread as an appetizer.
Lentil soup Benefit and calories
Lentils are low in fat and calorie while high in folic acid, potassium, protein, and complex carbohydrates, that support heart health and are highly beneficial for this organ. If you are on a diet and try to lose weight, lentils are an excellent food choice. Since lentils are high in fiber and have virtually no fat, they tend to fill you up without getting unnecessary calories. Lentil soup is also helpful for those suffering from ulcers and feeling hungry all the time. Beans, peas, chickpeas, or lentils can significantly reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ and the risk of cardiovascular disease so it is ok to have them even every day. Every 100g of lentil soup has 56 calories.
Lentil Soup Ingredients
- Chopped onion
- Bay leaves
- Salt and pepper
- Freshly ground coriander seeds
- Freshly ground toasted cumin
Lentil Soup Recipe
For two people, you need 450 gr of lentils.
- Soaking depends on personal preference; it helps soften the lentils faster but is not always necessary.
- Start by sautéing onions, salt, garlic, carrots over low heat until the onions are translucent, nearly 10 minutes.
- Remember, the longer you take your time, the better the taste base for the soup.
- Then add lentils, water, tomatoes, and bring up to simmer.
- Turn the heat down and let boil until the lentils begin to fall apart for at least 1 hour.
- Your soup is ready. Taste the soup and season it as you like.