Lentil and Tomato Soup (Shawrabat 'Ada ma' Banadoora)

Lentil and Tomato Soup (Shawrabat 'Ada ma' Banadoora)

10 reviews, 4.8 star(s). 90% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Sweet tomatoes, tangy lemon, hints of spices.Delicious and nutritious.


1 cup brown lentils; rinsed and drained
7 cups Water
2 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions; - chopped
4 cloves garlic; - crushed
3 medium tomatoes; finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin; - toasted & ground
1 teaspoon coriander seed; - toasted & ground
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne
1/8 teaspoon Salt; - to taste
1/4 cup vermicelli; broken into small pieces
3 tablespoons Lemon juice

Original recipe makes 8 Servings



Place lentils and water in a saucepan and bring to boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 20 min.

Melt butter in a frying pan, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic until they begin to turn brown. Stir in tomatoes and saute for a few minutes more; then add frying pan contents to lentils.

Stir in remaining ingredients, except lemon juice, and simmer over low heat until lentils and vermicelli are well cooked, adding more water if necessary; then stir in lemon juice and serve hot.

Note - if using whole cumin and coriander, dry toast and grind with mortar and pestle. Use any fine pasta and pound or break into small pieces.

Adapted From: Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa

by Habeeb Salloum

Each (2 cup) serving contains an estimated:

Cals: 204, FatCals: 61, TotFat: 7g

SatFat: 2g, PolyFat: 1g, MonoFat: 4g

Chol: 8mg, Na: 199mg. K: 442mg

TotCarbs: 30g, Fiber: 8g, Sugars: 5g

NetCarbs: 22g, Protein: 8g


This soup is very popular in Bahrain but is found in many Arabic speaking countries

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We loved this. Easy to make in this time of abundant local tomatoes. We used whole wheat pasta, about a full cup though.
brianolivia 2y ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Added a bit of extra cayenne as we like it spicy. This will become a regular!
saraepick 2y ago

Loved it! Added extra noodles & worked well :)
Nessdrew 3y ago

Great, simple to prepare, full of flavour, wholesome 1 pot cooking.
boska 4y ago

This is so good, easy and good! It's hearty like a chili and is also great topped with shredded cheese.
lorithegreat 6y ago

This soup is very popular in Bahrain but is found in many Arabic speaking countries [I posted this recipe.]
promfh 10y ago

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