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Yemeni lentil soup

Yemeni Lentil Soup is a spicy, tomato-based lentil soup which is delicious when accompanied by fresh bread. Lentils are a hearty and healthy option for lunch or dinner.


2/3 cup dry lentils, rinsed
1 tbsp. oil
3-4 tsp. of unsalted canned tomatoes, pureed
½ onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. coriander
½ tsp. turmeric
¾ tsp. salt
2 cups of water, more if needed
1 chopped green chili pepper, highly recommended
pinch of black pepper, optional
½ bell pepper, cubed, optional

How to make

Rise lentils thoroughly and set aside. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, chili, and bell pepper. Cook until the onion is clear and slightly brown. Add lentils and cook for a minute until slightly brown, being careful not to burn. Add tomato, cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, and black pepper. Quickly add water and maintain medium heat.Cover saucepan and let boil. Lentils should absorb water and become soft, about 1 hour. Add more water if needed. Lentils are cooked through when they are completely soft.Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with bread or a dollop of unsweetened yogurt.



Thankyou so very much for all your wonderful work you do on this website im married to a yemeni and anyyhing i make fom here we love.

09.27.2014 Reply


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miss binbrek

it should be very tasty. can you please do video for this.. as i am visual learner . am new bride i have been learning how to cook from this site.. shokran sister

04.08.2013 Reply


thanks for your comments, in sha allah I will get around to making a video for it :)


Om yassin

I m really come an American women can do all these things in yemeni food.I m moroccan married to yemeni man and i m trying to learn from you.all your recepies that i tried were very tasty thanks a lot.ur husband is very lucky man.

03.11.2014 Reply

mrs sheikh

For this recipe is there a specific kind of lentil to use (orange, yellow, green, etc)?

Could I puree fresh tomatoes instead of canned variety?


07.10.2014 Reply


You can use any kind of lentils you like. I think dark lentils work well for this particular version. Yes pureed tomatoes also work


Umm Ayah

This is the first brown lentil soup recipe I've come across that I really like and my whole family enjoys. The only thing I didn't understand was using only 3 to 4 teaspoons of canned tomatoes pureed?? I actually ended up using half the can, it added a lot of depth to the soup. I've made it twice already, its another family favorite.

12.21.2014 Reply


This goes well with leftover mandi rice. :D I made it with orange lentils and 2 pureed roma tomatoes (so, the equivalent of one normal tomato), and it came out nicely. Jazak Allah khair for the recipe.

01.03.2015 Reply


Hello- does it say somewhere how many people your recipes are for? I am interested in making this one, the honey cake, the stewed vegetables and the Shafook, but can't see how many people the recipes are for? THank you very much.

01.31.2017 Reply


I am Yemeni and I think your recipes are wonderful, شكرا

03.11.2017 Reply