Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Kale

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Mediterranean Lentil Soup

I jinxed it, I mean I jinxed the weather. For the last few weeks I have been happily posting about how sunny and wonderful it has been in Seattle but the weather changed as soon as spring officially started! Crazy right? It has been raining non stop, it’s grey, dark and so annoying. And this kind of weather obviously calls for a comforting soup like this Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Kale.

I got introduced to Mediterranean cuisine only after I moved to US. It quickly became one of my favorites because not only is it delicious but also has a lot of vegetarian options. There’s this really nice restaurant in Seattle which serves awesome red lentil soup. So the inspiration for this soup comes from there!

Mediterranean Lentil Soup With Kale

While the red lentil soup in that restaurant has rice added to it, I added kale in place. Like I mentioned when I posted this, there are only few ways to make husband eat kale and since he loves red lentil soup, this is one of them.

Mediterranean cuisine uses a lot of spices and one of the most widely used spices is sumac. The spice adds tartness to recipes and is basically used in place of lemon. It’s also sprinkled on top of rice, veggies, meats and other sauces. Now why am I talking about sumac? Because the spice is absolutely essential to get that Mediterranean lentil soup flavor. I have tried the recipe using lemon and it’s not the same. By the way sumac has a very strong smell and the first time I opened the bottle, I thought I got something wrong by mistake but when you add it to the soup it works just fine.

Mediterranean Red Lentil Soup With Kale

This hearty, healthy soup is easy to make, packed with nutrients and is also vegan. It’s also a good soup to make and then store for later use. The reason I like lentil soups is because a) I grew up eating lentils every day so it’s like my everyday food b) it’s a good source of protein for vegetarians, we don’t have too many options anyway! ; )

Mediterranean Red Lentil Soup

 

Method

Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add chopped onion and garlic. Saute for a minute or two.

Add chopped tomatoes and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Now add the chopped kale, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Kale Recipe-Step-1Add red lentils and mix.

Add all the dry spices – cumin powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cinnamon powder and ground sumac. Also add the salt, mix and cook for a minute.

Now add water and chopped parsley leaves. Cover and cook till lentils are soft and cooked, around 20-25 minutes on medium heat.
Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Kale Recipe-Step-2Once the lentils are done, switch off the gas stove and let the soup cool down a bit. When the soup has cooled down slightly, transfer half of it to a blender and blend to a smooth paste. I like to blend only half of it so that I still have solid lentils in my soup but you blend the entire soup.

Transfer the blended soup to the soup in the pan and mix.

Simmer the soup for 10 more minutes and adjust the consistency as per your preference. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Kale Recipe-Step-3

Serve hot with some pita bread on the side!

Mediterranean Lentil Soup

* I strongly suggest using ground sumac in this recipe, do not replace it with lemon.

* You can make the same soup using brown lentils too.

Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Kale

Serves: 4-6

Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Kale - hearty, healthy & vegan!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 4 big garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1.25 cups chopped kale leaves, firmly packed
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground sumac
  • ¼ + ⅛ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt, to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoon oil
  • 4-5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons parsley leaves, chopped
  • cilantro, chopped to garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add chopped onion and garlic. Saute for a minute or two.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Now add the chopped kale, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add red lentils and mix.
  5. Add all the dry spices - cumin powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cinnamon powder and ground sumac. Also add the salt, mix and cook for a minute.
  6. Now add water and chopped parsley leaves.
  7. Cover and cook till lentils are soft and cooked, around 20-25 minutes on medium heat.
  8. Once the lentils are done, switch off the gas stove and let the soup cool down a bit.
  9. When the soup has cooled down slightly, transfer half of it to a blender and blend to a smooth paste. I like to blend only half of it so that I still have solid lentils in my soup but you can blend the entire soup.
  10. Transfer the blended soup to the soup in the pan and mix.
  11. Simmer the soup for 10 more minutes and adjust the consistency as per your preference. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  12. Serve hot with some pita bread on the side!

 Mediterranean Lentil Soup With Kale

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50 thoughts on “Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Kale

  1. Wait…doesn’t it just rain ALL the time in Seattle? That’s what I’m told at least. But heck, I’ll take the rain if it means I get comforting soups like this. I’ve never made lentil soup…but this one looks delicious. It’s finally starting to warm up on this side of the country…and by “warm up,” I mean it’s getting above freezing during the day. I’ll have to put this soup at the top of my list for next winter. (Which I feel like is only about 4 months away now…haha!)

    1. lol it does rain quite a lot in Seattle David but the winters were pretty good this year. So that’s why it feels weird that it was all sunny in Dec-Jan and it’s raining now when spring officially started! Gosh I don’t know how you guys survive on the east coast, I would freeze to death!

  2. i am not keeping well and this soup is all i need 🙂
    being a vegetarian i could only have lentil soup when we went to turkey-this soup reminds me of that:)

  3. Manali weather has been playing hide and seek here too! I know enough winter seriously but hey you got yourself this delicious looking comforting soup! Looks so yum and I love the addition of kale!

  4. Well, I think weather is crazy every where. It’s snowing and freezing here so badly! I think this warm Mediterranean soup would help to keep us warm here too. Please send a giant bowl of this comfort! 🙂 Loved your addition of kale to the soup! Super YUM!

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