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Spicy and full of goodness, this is a delicious lentil soup with Middle Eastern flavours! Cooking this soup is so quick and easy, you'll love it!
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Quick and Easy Middle Eastern Lentil Soup

This quick and easy middle eastern lentil soup is spicy and full of goodness!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: middle eastern lentil soup
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Sara @ Gathering Dreams


  • 1 3⁄4 cup of red split lentils
  • 1 onion
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 1⁄3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • A pinch of finely chopped parsley
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)


  • Rinse the lentils and drain.
  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil and add the finely chopped onion and cook until it starts to soften.
  • Add the drained lentils to the pot and stir for one minute. Then, add the water, salt, cumin, pepper, and turmeric.
  • Bring the ingredients to the boil and let boil on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add more water if needed, to thin the soup
  • Sprinkle the soup with finely chopped parsley and serve with a lemon wedge.
  • Squeeze in the lemon just before eating.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 13.6mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 7.9mg