Arabic Lentil Soup

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Recipe & image by Maayeka

•    1 cup red lentil 
•    75gms carrot 
•    1 small tomato chopped
•    3 cups water
•    1 bay leaf
•    8 peppercorns
•    Salt to taste
•    1⁄4 tsp turmeric powder
•    2tsp lemon juice
•    2tsp olive oil
•    ? tsp roasted cumin powder


•    Wash and soak red lentil and chop the carrot into small pieces.
•    Heat oil in pan and add bay leaf and pepper corns
•    Sauté for few seconds and then add lentil and carrots and stir for few seconds
•    Now add water, turmeric, cumin powder, tomato and salt and cook till done or pressure cook for 2-3 whistles
•    Let the mixture come to room temperature and then blend it with a hand blender to make it soft and creamy (or just whisk to mix well)
•    Check the consistency, if it is thick then add some hot water and give it a boil
•    Now add lemon juice and mix
•    Serve hot with a lemon wedge and some olive oil, paprika and chopped parsley drizzled on top