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how do you season your lentil soup?

noya Sep 14, 2011 06:35 AM

I make a really good lentil soup--but the Mr. and I were out recently and had some GREAT lentil soup. How do I get mine from really good to great? I'm thinking it's all in the spices, but not sure of which ones. Please please clue me in.


  1. ChristinaMason Sep 14, 2011 06:37 AM

    Parsley, bay leaf, garlic, mirepoix, sometimes oregano, shallots, and lemon juice at the end---or a splash of wine vinegar.

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    1. re: ChristinaMason
      noya Sep 14, 2011 10:36 AM

      sounds great

    2. biggreenmatt Sep 14, 2011 06:46 AM

      Cumin, salt, pepper and fresh lemon. Seriously- fresh makes a difference.

      This recipe is from a local Toronto-area joint and it's killer: http://www.sababafoods.com/index_file....

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      1. re: biggreenmatt
        GretchenS Sep 14, 2011 07:55 AM

        I am with biggreenmatt -- fresh lemon juice takes it to a whole different level. Sometimes I use vinegar but lemon juice is the best.

        1. re: biggreenmatt
          noya Sep 14, 2011 10:36 AM

          I LOVE middle-eastern style lentil soup. Thanks!!

          1. re: biggreenmatt
            pinehurst Sep 14, 2011 11:39 AM

            Thumbs up on this. I'd only add a few red pepper flakes, too.

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            odkaty Sep 14, 2011 06:59 AM

            Black mustard seed, turmeric, cumin seed, hot peppers, onion, grated ginger and garlic. Or: cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, cumin, grated ginger and garlic, onions, sometimes hot peppers.

            Toast the spices over dry heat, then add oil, onions and peppers, followed by ginger and garlic.

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            1. re: odkaty
              pine time Sep 14, 2011 12:11 PM

              Ditto. Or garam masala, shah jeera, plus a bit of lemon. When serving, add more browned onions and eat with naan.

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              fourunder Sep 14, 2011 07:44 AM

              Ham Bone....or smoked pork or turkey parts

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              1. re: fourunder
                jmcarthur8 Sep 14, 2011 03:24 PM

                Agreed - I only make lentil soup if I have a good ham bone to make broth first. The soup then simply has onion, celery and carrot, some thyme, maybe some red pepper flakes. I usually throw some of the chopped ham in, too.

                1. re: fourunder
                  dave_c Sep 14, 2011 03:44 PM


                  Ham or smoked turkey is my usual basis.
                  Mirepoix, garlic, parley, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
                  Sometimes tomatoes or curry powder (rare occasion).

                2. monavano Sep 14, 2011 11:44 AM

                  I love Egyptian Red Lentil Soup- similar to what's mentioned above.

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                    Lotti Sep 14, 2011 03:51 PM

                    There are so many different flavours that can be used, I'm wondering what you think was in the GREAT lentil soup you tried. I love mine, but one day I craved a coconut curry, so I added a can of coconut milk and some curry powder to my favourite recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/lentil-sou... and enjoyed a whole new taste. Also, what is your own soup like? - ie: do you remember the origin of the recipe?

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