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Mar 26, 2013 12:16 PM

Nile restaurant red lentil soup

Hi all,
I've been a huge fan of the red lentil soup at the Nile restaurant in Hyde Park ever since I was a student there ages ago. Unfortunately I don't get back there too often, but still have massive cravings for their soup! I asked the owner for the recipe once, but he didn't want to share it (fair enough!).

Now I'm pregnant and craving their soup madly! I've experimented and can't seem to get even close. It seems like a simple recipe, with a bit of garlic and cumin, maybe turmeric? Anyone have a recipe or hints?

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  1. I haven't eaten at the Nile but have made and eaten this soup. The yellow color comes from red lentils.
    1cup red lentils
    8cups water
    2medium onions diced
    1cup celery 1cup diced carrot ( not authentic)
    2tablespoons butter
    Salt and pepper
    Serve with lemon squeezed over each serving

    Rinse and sort lentils
    Put lentils in large saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.

    Sauté onions and carrots, add to lentils and cook until tender It should look like a yellow pea soup when it is done.

    Each family in the ME cooks recipes that have been handed down through generations. The food expected to taste like it always has few creative deviations are allowed . It is possible that your lentil soup has garlic and cumin, my hubby's family does not make it that way. I did add a little ground white pepper for a little heat, no garlic though.

    1. If it's Turkish style, you have to add mint.

      1. 2 cups red lentils
        8 cups water or broth
        1/2 tsp. cumin
        1/2 tsp turmeric or paprika
        1 large onion, diced
        1-2 cloves garlic, minced
        2 tbsp olive oil
        juice of one lemon
        2 bullion cubes of choice (optional)
        salt and pepper to taste Add Cooking Step Directions
        1. wash lentils. add to broth and bring to a boil. cover for one half hour, stirring occasionally.
        2. when lentils are tender, add dry spices and bullion (optional) to the pot.
        3. sautee the onions and garlic in a frying pan with olive oil, when golden brown, add to soup mixture.
        4. simmer for five minutes. turn off heat and add lemon juice to pot, stir. ladle soup into bowls.
        5. garnish with parsley and paprika. serve with lemon wedges on the side.

        1. This spicy red lentil soup recipe is one I've made & enjoyed a number of times. (I omit the yogurt and use vegetable stock or water.) It sounds like it's not exactly what you're looking for, but the spicing in the recipe may at least give you some inspiration!

          1. It's a really simple soup, smooth and not spicy at all, but with a hint of garlicky flavor, just a hint. Richard in JP, yours sounds like it might fit the bill. I'll try it and let y'all know how it turns out!

            Thanks for the responses!