Arabic Lentil Soup – The Lemon Bowl®

Arabic Lentil Soup is made with hearty vegetables and brown lentils simmered with warm ،es like cinnamon and ،in then blended until smooth.

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In this Post: Everything you need for Arabic Lentil Soup

My Lebanese family has made many variations of this Arabic Lentil Soup over the years. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods because it’s warm, nutrient-dense, and protein-packed. I love using lentils as a protein subs،ute for meat. They’re high in protein and fiber, but low in ،. Since lentils are common in Middle Eastern cooking, I tend to use them in different ways on a regular basis. Some of my favorite recipes with lentils include Curried Lentils with Sweet Potatoes, and Lentils, Rice, and Caramelized Onions (mujadara).


  • Olive oil: Used to sauté the vegetables before they finish cooking in the broth.
  • Onion: I use a white onion for mild onion flavor that caramelizes quickly for a bit of an added punch.
  • Carrots: Adds a hint of sweetness to the soup, along with some brighter color and added nutrients.
  • Celery: Doesn’t add much flavor, but adds a lot of vitamins and fiber.
  • Garlic: Aromatic and intense flavor that is almost always used in my cooking.
  • Warm ،es: Cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne give this soup the warm, comforting, deep flavor.
  • Lentils: I usually use brown lentils, but you could use red or green lentils as well. They’re packed with packed with B vitamins and essential minerals like folate, iron, p،sp،rus, and ،،ium.
  • Chicken broth: Makes for a flavorful base for the soup, you could easily swap for vegetable broth to make this soup vegan and veget،.
  • Lemon juice: Adds a bit of acidity and bright flavor that helps to balance out the dish.

How to Make Arabic Lentil Soup

onions and carrots being sauteed

You’ll s، your Arabic lentil soup by sautéing your onions, celery, and carrots in the bottom of a large ،, just until the onions s، to look translucent. This adds a extra bit of flavor to the finished soup.

Arabic Lentil Soup cooking in a ،

While the vegetables are cooking, add in the warm ،es, garlic, and some salt and pepper to taste.

ingredients being added to a ،

Next add the lentils and toast for a couple minutes, then add the broth, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes until the lentils are tender.

blending brown lentil soup

The final step for a deliciously smooth and creamy soup is to blend it once everything is tender and soft. You can do this either in a typical blender, or you can keep it in the ، and use an immersion blender.

garni،ng arabic lentil soup

Once smooth, you can garnish with fresh parsley or other fresh herbs.

Arabic Lentil Soup Blended

Then serve and enjoy your Arabic Lentil Soup!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to blend the soup?

You don’t, but I prefer the creamy texture when it’s blended. Many people enjoy this soup in its unblended, c،ky form as well.

Where was lentil soup invented?

Versions of lentil soup are eaten in Greece, France, and all over the Middle East, and has been eaten for centuries.

Can I freeze this soup?

Absolutely. Just let the soup cool completely before adding to freezer safe bags or containers. If you use bags, I like to double bag just in case. This soup keeps in the freezer for about 3 months.

Arabic Lentil Soup Blended

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This Arabic lentil soup really em،ies some of my favorite things about Middle Eastern food. It’s warm and aromatic, it’s full of fresh vegetablesG and healthy proteins, and it’s best served with your family around the table.

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Arabic Lentil Soup Blended

Arabic Lentil Soup

Arabic lentil soup is made with hearty vegetables and brown lentils simmered with warm ،es like cinnamon and ،in then blended until smooth.

PREP: 10 minutes

COOK: 30 minutes

TOTAL: 40 minutes


Servings: 4

  • 1 tables، extra ، olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 medium carrots (،led and diced)
  • 3 stalks celery (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teas،s ،in
  • 2 teas،s cinnamon
  • ½ teas، cayenne
  • 1 cup brown lentils (uncooked)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Heat oil in a large soup ، over medium-high heat. Add in the onions, carrots, and celery and cook until they become tender, about 6-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Stir in the garlic, ،in, and cinnamon. Heat until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds. Add lentils to the pan and heat 1-2 minutes to slightly toast. Pour in the chicken broth, water and lemon juice then bring ، to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30-45 minutes.

  • Right before serving, place soup in a blender and pulse until smooth and creamy, about 90 seconds. Return soup to the ، and season with additional, salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste before serving warm.

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Serving: 16ouncesCalories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 15gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 924mgPot،ium: 917mgFiber: 17gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5375IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 5mg