Lentil soup
Lebanese Lentil Soup (Shorbat Adas) is a popular soup in the Middle East, traditionally eaten as the first course of iftar.
A perfect example of how just a few humble ingredients can make something truly delicious, healthy and comforting.
I recently started making large batches in my instant pot and freezing this soup to conveniently defrost when too tired to cook dinner. It’s a perfectly nutritious meal packed with flavour. Fresh herbs and lemon is an absolute must.
To see how I made this soup, check out my Instagram reel!

Lentil soup

Lebanese Lentil Soup

Carey Erasmus
Fragrant, comforting and full of flavour
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings 4
Calories 326 kcal


  • 1 Instant Pot optional


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 carrots finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 L vegetable stock hot
  • 2 lemons juice to taste
  • ½ cup Italian parsley chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp freshly ground sea salt


  • 1 tbsp olive oil for drizzling
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • ½ cup Italian parsley roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander roughly chopped (optional)
  • 10 mint leaves optional
  • a few sprigs of fresh dill optional


  • Saute the onion, carrot and garlic in the olive oil until softened.
  • Add the lentils and spices and stir until well combined.
  • Add the stock and lemon juice. Stir well. Cover with lid.
    For instant pot: press soup function and 15 minutes, high pressure.
    For stove top: Cover and bring to a gentle simmer until lentils are tender +- (30 minutes).
  • Now, add chopped parsley, black pepper and salt. Season once more to taste.
    If a thinner soup is preferred, add more stock.
  • Serve in heated bowls. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with lemon slices and fresh herbs.


Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 14gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 621mgPotassium: 875mgFiber: 19gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 6591IUVitamin C: 85mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 6mg
Keyword iftar, Lebanese, soup, vegan
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