Date: Tue, 01 Feb 94 16:46:08 EST
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kareema Dean)
I love this adaptation of the arabic Shorbat Adts.....
2 cups split red lentils
1 onion chopped
1 small carrot peeled and chopped
1 small zucchini (peeled and chopped ... peeling is optional... make sure
it is a small zuke or use half a regular one.
2 cloves garlic (more or less) crushed
1/2 stalk celery (chopped and optional!)
Boil these over medium heat in 3 cups of broth or water to begin with...
check every 10 min. or so and add water as needed.
It should take about 30-40 min before the lentils break down and are soft
and mushy. Blend the soup until smooth and return to pot. Add 2 tsp (or
more!) Cumin and 1 tsp of coriander, salt and pepper. I like to add a dash
of cinnamon. Cook about 5- 10 min. more and serve with a lemon wedge and
pita "croutons" (just toast/dry out pita in the oven and break into pieces)
YUM!!!! (you may need to add water -up to a cup! at the end here... if it
is too thick)
Especially good with an arabic salad which is:
2 tomatoes chopped
1 zuke, peeled and chopped
1/2 onion chopped very fine or several scallions
Toss with 2 tsp cumin, dash of coriander and some cayenne, 1-2 tbsp lemon
juice, 1 tsp vinegar and salt. I add about a tablespoon of water and
"toss" with my hand. (don't ask me why it seems to taste better!) This
salad is especially tasty if it sits a bit... Serve at room temp with pita
bread and something else yummy like the soup above or felafil.