Best Lebanese-Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

Every time I make this soup I drink it like I am drunk with happiness. Egyptian red lentil soup, a popular Egyptian meal, is creamy, hearty, savory, and makes me feel amazing! We show you how to make red lentil soup so you can dazzle them or make it vegetarian African food with your additions. New to the meat-free life? This is another plant-based dinner recipes for beginners that is also soy free. Give it a try you might like it. Curious about a no-animal-meat food lifestyle? peep instagram to see what I eat live😊.

Note, the simplicity of Egyptian red lentil soup is astounding and makes me feel close to that part of Africa when I eat this Egyptian meal. I am grateful for my connection with foods in general and how deeply they make me feel; Yes I am a touchy feely person lol. What other vegetarian African would do you think I should sample that would make a good plant-based dinner recipes for beginners? Comment below.

Remember when I said we are exploring vegetarian African foods from all over the continent, right? Well, this soup is a taste of two cultures, Egyptian and Lebanese. How lucky are we?!

Psst! feel free to skip to the video while I yammer on.

very time I make this soup I drink it like I am drunk with happiness. Egyptian red lentil soup is creamy, hearty, savory, and makes me feel amazing! Give it a try you might like it.
In this version, lentils soup with lettuce boats

The lazy, relaxed, or exhausted foodie

Our Egyptian- Lebanese red lentil soup hit all marks. It is delicious (we all like that), hefty (food that stick to the bones), has healthy fats with good amount of protein, and best of all it is a one pot meal! A vegetarian’s wet dream! This Egyptian meal is popular for a reason and will soon be popular among plant-based dinner recipes for beginners.

To level with you, I like good food but I don’t like to spend hours cooking it. Which is why one pot meals is a top preference; seriously, skip to the video to learn how to make red lentil soup. Note that vegetarian African food is picky eater friendly. This Egyptian- Lebanese red lentil soup can be had for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Trust me I’ve eaten it all those times.

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Egyptian red lentil soup garnish

Note, I will eat anything with cilantro in it, which shows how much I love it! lol! First, I didn’t know there are people who do not like cilantro. Apparently, it taste like soap to them. Yikes!

What’s worst, some people say those who do not like cilantro have serial killer behaviors. It is a rumor, or false statement, right? Anyways, if you dislike cilantro, do not be alarmed. I don’t think you are a serial killer. Simply use fresh parsley in your Egyptian red-lentils soup or omit it from the recipe. You must use fresh garnish, it makes the soup sing!

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Spice is life! Lift up your red lentil soup

Africans love their spices! I know there are many red lentils soup recipes out there. What makes this one special is the spices. Egyptian and Lebanese spices tend to be similar. Note, fresh is best. Must use freshly ground coriander seeds, it elevates the flavor. Understandably, some people cannot digest onions or garlic, do not worry. The spices listed below work together nicely, therefore customize to your liking.

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What did you think of this plant-based dinner recipes for beginners? Name other vegetarian African food with a specific ingredient you want to see. Please see the video for a rough guide on how to make red lentil soup. Subscribe for more! Send questions if you get stuck. Remember to cook intuitively 😊 ❤️

Video Tutorial


Best Egyptian-Lebanese Red Lentil Soup

Yield: 6.5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Egyptian red lentil soup method is simple but the taste is divine. The ingredients we require for this soup are the most common seasonings probably available at home.

As all Egyptian recipes are normally stuffed with legumes and veggies, this one is no different. Red lentil is the big deal here.

So, let’s begin cooking our red lentil soup.

Just carry out the following steps:


  • 1.5 cups Red Lentils
  • ¼ (Quarter) yellow onion diced
  • 2TBs Oil
  • 2 Cloves garlic mince
  • 6.5 cups water
  • half tsp coriander*
  • 1.5 tsp Cumin
  • 1tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (optional)
  • half Tablespoon salt


    1. Heat the oil in a cooking pot. Keep the flame medium-high.
    2. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic and a quarter of chopped onions.
    3. Sauté until onion is translucent.
    4. Meanwhile, wash the lentils and set aside to soak.
    5. Add half a teaspoon of crushed coriander seeds or ground coriander t the onion mixture. Stir-fry for a 2 minutes.
    6. Add soaked red lentils and fry for a couple of 2 minutes.
    7. Pour six and a half cups of water, mix all the ingredients and cover it. Keep the cover of the pot slightly opened. You can tilt the lid to keep prevent the beans from foaming over.
    8. Bring the water to a boil. Then cover it completely.  Let it boil for 20-30mins.
    9. Remove the lid and properly mix the contents.   
    10. Reduce the heat and Simmer the soup.
    11. Add your salt, ground cumin. (Just so you know, cumin is the most common spice used almost in all Egyptian recipes). coriander and chili powder. Chili powder is optional. You can add or lessen the quantity as per your tastes.
    12. Mix everything and simmer for 3 minutes on low heat.
    13. Serve hot. You can garnish the soup with cilantro if you like. Don't forget your pita bread. Enjoy!


A bread can accompany this red lentil soup delightfully!

I am sure you will find it one of the yummiest and quickest Egyptian recipes.

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