Lebanese Crushed Lentil Soup

5 from 139 votes

Learn how to make this authentic healthy Lebanese Crushed Lentil Soup in 30 minutes! Made with simple pantry ingredients, it's vegan, hearty and so filling!

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This Lebanese crushed lentil soup is one of my childhood favorite recipes. It’s vegan and easy to make and is the perfect comfort food. Made with a handful of ingredients, this healthy and hearty soup is the perfect winter warmer! Ready in 30 minutes.

Two bowls of Lebanese crushed lentil soup garnished with green onions, lemons and parsley

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite childhood soups that I group up eating! It’s crushed lentil soup (Shorbat Adas in Arabic), which is basically made with red lentils, short grain rice, onions and cumin. We also like adding carrots to it to make it more hearty and colorful. You’re going to love this soup as much as I do.

Why this lentil soup is so good!

We make this soup so often and it is so delicious! It’s:

  • Vegan
  • Easy to make
  • Low in calories
  • Made with staple ingredients
  • Completely utterly cozy and comforting!

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How to make Mediterranean lentil soup

Like most soup recipes, you’ll start by sautéing some onions with olive oil in a large deep pot. Then add the red lentils on top.

Collage of two images of a pot with onions and then red lentils added

Next, add the short grain rice along with the spices you’re using. What spices to include in lentil soup? The traditional crushed lentil soup recipe is only made with cumin, salt and pepper. So I stick to that and keep it pretty basic. You can also add a dash of paprika, cinnamon and turmeric if you’d like – all of them would work really well with this soup.

Large stock pot with onions, lentils, rice, cumin, salt and pepper to make crushed lentil soup

The next step is mix everything together, throw in some carrots cover with water and cook for half an hour until the mixture is all fluffy and well cooked.

Large pot of cooked crushed lentil soup

The soup is ready to serve as is. But I like to use an immersion blender to give it a smooth texture. Then, stir in some lemon juice to finish it up with a fresh zing!

Immersion blender inside pot of crushed lentil soup right before blending

Tips to make the best lentil soup

  1. Use red lentils (they technically look orange) or yellow lentils for this recipe. Both kinds are small split lentils as the crushed lentil soup name suggests and have very soft texture when cooked. So that makes them ideal for this soup recipe.
  2. Stir a few times while the lentil soup is cooking to avoid the lentils burning or sticking to the pot, which can happen sometimes. You can also gradually add more water as you’re stirring for a thinner consistency if you’d like. Keep in mind that the soup will thicken as it simmers and especially the next day.
  3. Sauté the onions before adding the lentils, rice and spices which really enhances the flavor of the recipe. But if you’re in a rush, you can absolutely just toss everything together in a pot at the same time and bring it all to a boil together.
  4. Use brown rice instead of white rice if you prefer. If you’re using brown rice, make sure to allow for extra cooking time so that the rice fluffs up. And it’s best to use short grain if possible for the best consistency.

Frequently asked questions

How long does this soup keep?

Let the soup cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container, it will last about 5 days in the fridge and you simply reheat it on the stovetop.

Can you use green lentils to make this soup?

I would not recommend using green lentils have a more firm consistency as compared to red lentils. The essence of the crushed lentil soup is how crushed the red lentils become when cooked. So you would lose that aspect if you use green lentils. Instead try my Green Lentil Soup, which is very similar but uses kale instead of rice.

Can you freeze lentil soup?

Yes, this soup is very freezer friendly and works great. Make sure to cool the soup completely before freezing it. It helps to freeze the soup in smaller serving sizes instead of freezing the entire quantity so it’s easier to reheat as needed.  Reheat the soup on the stovetop or in the microwave and be sure to add some water as it will thicken.

Close up shot of bowl of crushed lentil soup with spoon inside bowl

This Mediterranean lentil soup is my go-to soup when it’s cold outside, I want something filling, something diet-friendly and something that my kids will eat without complaining. In fact, they do a little soup dance when I make this. And if you’ve eaten at Lebanese restaurants, you’ll see this as a staple soup on all menus. Some make it without carrots, others leave out the rice. I say throw in the carrots and the rice and go crazy with the lemon juice in the end!

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I always make a big pot of this Mediterranean lentil soup and it’s on rotation at least once a month. This soup is rich, comforting, delicious and is super healthy with clean, wholesome ingredients! Gahhhh…just make it already and let me know what you think!!

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Lebanese Crushed Lentil Soup

Learn how to make this authentic healthy Lebanese Crushed Lentil Soup in 30 minutes! Made with simple pantry ingredients, it's vegan, hearty and so filling!
5 from 139 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Soup
Calories 165
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 ½ cups red lentils
  • ½ cup short grain rice
  • 2 carrots large, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Chopped green onions for garnish
  • Chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil and saute the onions until they soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the lentils, rice, carrots, cumin, salt and pepper, and cook stirring frequently until they are well mixed and the spices are fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 8 cups of water, and bring mixture to a boil. Turn the heat to low and cook covered until the rice and lentils are fluffy and fully cooked, about 20-30 minutes. Make sure to stir a couple times while cooking to prevent any lentils from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Using an immersion blender, pulse a few times to get the desired consistency. Stir in the lemon juice.
  • Garnish with green onions and parsley, if desired, and serve warm.

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. The soup will last about 5 days in the fridge.
Sourcing: You can find red lentils at Middle Eastern markets, natural-foods stores or even in large supermarkets, often located with other Middle Eastern ingredients.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However, here are a couple common substitutions you can consider:
  • If you can’t find red lentils, you can use yellow lentils in this recipe. You can also skip the carrots.
  • To add more flavor, you can use vegetable broth instead of water. Although I love the simplicity of the soup with just water
  • You can skip the carrots if you’d like since they’re not essential to the traditional recipe.
Equipment: I love using my Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender for blending soups. It’s quick and easy and gets me the perfect consistency, without any chunks of vegetables leftover.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 2g, Sodium: 11mg, Potassium: 222mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1715IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1.9mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. I have always made soup with brown lentils. I was impressed with the simplicity of this recipe. The only modification I made was add chicken broth and water. The next time I make it I was thinking of adding turmeric. Excellent and tasty recipe. The presentation had a nice color. Thanks. Your recipes are all so flavorful.

  2. As usual Yumna you never disappoint. This was perfect just as it is for the cold weather. I will be making this regularly. I always go for your Lebanese recipes. So good! Thank you!

  3. Hi, Yumna! I just wanted to say thank you so so much for your recipes. Since I’ve moved out of my parents house, I haven’t been able to get my hands on my mom’s Lebanese recipes. This past week, I got really sick and I really wanted to make my mom’s lentil soup. I remember the ingredients but not the measurements, and oh my god I was so elated to find the recipe on your page. You’re such a life saver and I just can’t thank you enough for being such an amazing person. Thank you for sharing the traditions recipes of our culture!!

  4. Hello, can I make this soup in the instant pot? If so, what adjustments would I need to make? Thanks in advance!

  5. This recipe is sooooo good. My husband went back for thirds and probably would have had more if I didn’t put the rest away for leftovers.

    Thank you for making all the steps very easy to follow.

  6. I’m totally making this tonight! We get something very like this from our local Middle-Eastern restaurant. It’s so freaking good. They have carrots in theirs. I’ll let you know how it compares.

      1. I didn’t wait. Made it for lunch instead. I did make a few changes since I had a particular flavor in mind. I added quite a bit more cumin, some turmeric, a little more lemon juice and a little ground coriander. I think it’s a pretty good match to what we get from the restaurant. Not sure about the coriander, but just felt like something was missing. Seemed to work okay. Thanks!

      2. This is a great recipe but please confirm the water when doubling! It says 8 cups of water for either 1x 2X or even 3x. Please advise. I added an extra 6 cups of water when I doubled it.
        Thank you

        1. Thank you for pointing that out! It’s 8 cups of water for 1X the recipe, so it would be double that if you made 2X the recipe.

    1. There are many takes on this soup. Some make it without carrots, others leave out the rice. Thank you so much!

  7. Easy to make and delicious. I ended up adding a few cloves of garlic and used vegetable broth. Turned out perfect!!

  8. I was looking for a Middle Eastern lentil soup recipe and found and tried this one. It was super easy and fast to make, and my family loved it! I used 25% vegetable stock / 75% water, and substituted cilantro for parsley (it’s what I had on hand). Thanks for a great soup!

  9. This is the first recipe I’ve tried by Feel Good Foodie. I made it according to the recipe using chicken broth instead of water. It was totally delicious so I can’t wait to try another recipe soon. It was simple I did not have to go to the store for any of the ingredients a perfect meal for a cool, rainy day!

  10. Some of my favorite lentil soups from restaurants include vermicelli noodles. Can I add that to the recipe? Would I add it when I’m mixing in the lentils and rice? Or would I have to omit the rice? And how much? Thank you in advance.

    1. Oh yes, you can definitely add vermicelli, I recommend adding it instead of the rice or in addition to the rice, but you can cut the rice in half. Add it at the time you would add the rice.

  11. I cooked it yesterday and put it in the freezer for time constraint days. Just licking the spoon was already Super tasty and so easy to make beside my dinner preparation.

  12. Yet another quick dinner after a long work day. This is very similar to Indian khichdi and oh so yummy. I topped mine with a little bit of ghee 🙂

  13. I have tried different crushed lentil soups and this is the best! Easy, nutritious and delicious! Thank you!

  14. This was so delicious! My friend and I made it and added in some spinach to get more veggies!

  15. Saw the soup on Instagram. Have already made it twice! Super easy to make but delish. Highly recommend using fresh lemon juice and the garnish. ?

  16. I made this recipe using Lentils, rice, carrots and onions, etc. I did not use an immersion blender but it still came out delicious- if I can say so myself. 😉

    Thanks so much for this easy to follow and nutritious recipe !!!

  17. Love you recipes! Can’t wait to make this!! It looks so good and reminds me of my moms soup! I can’t seem to find short grain white rice anywhere? I can only find brown short grain rice, or sushi rice or arborio rice (risotto). Am I just looking in the wrong places?! Thanks!

    1. Awww so glad to hear that! Short grain rice can be hard to find. We buy it at a Middle Eastern store, but you can use sushi rice instead!

  18. Hello from Lisbon, Portugal. I found FeelGoodFoodie during quarantine and have been loving several recipes since – energy balls, Dalgona coffee, banana bread, oatmeal cookies, egg salad, crustless quiche and this crushed lentil and rice soup. Everything has been simple (very important to me!), health-conscious and very tasty. I have loved this blog and IG account!

  19. Hi from West Michigan! Made your Lebanese Crushed Lentil Soup (delicious), and as you mentioned it continued to thicken. Rather than add water as you suggested for reheating, I had my husband turn the leftovers into lentil patties by adding egg and breadcrumbs. It was AMAZING!! Loved that this recipe could be converted into something equally as delicious and yet completely different to use up the leftovers. Our 5&7 year old LOVED the patties too!

  20. This was an easy recipe to make. Grocery items you will likely have in your pantry. We had for supper with fresh bread. Satisfying and delicious. Made a big pot. Leftovers for lunch and it was even better today.

    1. Totally agree that it’s the perfect pantry meal and so good with some fresh bread. Thanks for the feedback!!

  21. Hi all! I just wanted to hop on here and let you know that I used my ninja blender for this recipe and it worked great! I recommend doing it in a couple of batches, for some reason mine splattered all over the place when I hit pulse and if you can imagine that… it went all over me haha. I also recommend hitting the “pulse” button on your blender that way you can control how much you blend. Anyways.. happy cooking! This lentil soup is amazing!!

    1. That’s a very good tip!! I always use my immersion blender so this is really helpful for others who may not have an immersion blender. Thank you!

  22. The soup was amazing! The recipe was very easy to follow and extremely simple. Everyone enjoyed it, thank you for the amazing recipe!

    1. Hi there! Can you use quinoa instead? If not quinoa, I would recommend pulsing cauliflower until it looks like rice and adding that to the soup. It will be delicious and you won’t even miss the rice.

  23. I’m curious at the amount of sodium per serving. I’m on a low sodium diet limited to 2000 mg per day. I was expecting the sodium to be lower based on water instead of broth. What is the sodium source? Thank you!!

    1. Wow, I’m so glad you said something! The nutrition label I used was showing canned red lentils so the sodium skyrocketed. It’s corrected now and it’s actually very very low at only about 11 per serving. Thanks for pointing this out to me.

  24. Fabulous recipe! We loved it! I used less cumin and less lentils.
    Just became one of my favorites.
    Best regards from Chihuahua, México

        1. Yay! So glad you liked it! And I’m not sure if you noticed but the lemon is the second to last step. You would stir it after blending the soup. I use a whole lemon for a pot, but you can adjust to your taste 🙂

  25. Do you have a substitution for the cumin? I just don’t love the flavor and generally omit, but wonder if it’ll leave the soup lacking in flavor since there aren’t many spices to it. Thanks!

    1. No worries, you can use coriander, caraway or chili powder. You can also add some turmeric or curry powder. Enjoy it!

  26. Just bookmarked 3 recipes. I’ll be trying them over the next couple of weeks. My grandma makes a wonderful lemon chicken soup and I wanted a vegan version and came across ur website. I do have a question. Is the 1 1/2c lentils used here cooked or dry? I assume cooked.

    1. Hi there, it’s actually uncooked and then it cooks with the broth. I’ve updated the recipe to clarify this point. Thank you!

  27. Thank you for sharing some traditional recipes, Hannah has been asking for me to make this. By the way, what brand of immersion blender do you use? Reviews have been mixed…

    1. Yay! I love this recipe so much! I use the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender & Chopper – I’ve had it for over 10 years and it’s comes with three components for only $40. Best thing ever!