soup with red lentils and cilantro

Lentil soup

This bright and delicious red lentil soup with lemon and cilantro will quickly become a favorite dish in your kitchen. It has only a few ingredients and is very easy to prepare.


  • red lentils – about 450 g;
  • olive oil – 2 tbsp. l.;
  • cilantro – 1 bunch;
  • garlic cloves – 4 pcs.
  • lemon – 1 pc;
  • water – 8 glasses;
  • salt – to taste.

How to make red lentil and cilantro soup:

  1. Transfer the lentils to a large plate and remove any debris.
  2. Rinse the lentils well in a fine-mesh colander until the water runs clear.
  3. In a large soup pot, add water, lentils, and salt. Boil for about 20 minutes. The lentils should turn yellow. Remove foam.
  4. While the red lentils are cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet and sauté the minced cilantro and garlic for 3 to 4 minutes. (or until the cilantro turns dark green).
  5. When the lentils are soft and cooked, add the garlic and cilantro to the pot, squeeze in a third of the lemon and stir well.
  6. Simmer over low heat for another 20 minutes.

Lentils can also make soup puree. To do this, you will need onions, tomatoes, garlic and ginger root.

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