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egyptian shorbat adas

Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

  • Author: Lily
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Shorbat adas is a Middle Eastern red lentil soup recipe. It's vegan-friendly, freezer-friendly, tasty, and easy to make. This recipe is the Egyptian version, and it has been perfected over a generation.


  • 1 lb of red lentils
  • 1 lb of tomatoes
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large onions
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 potato
  • 3 tbsp of butter or olive oil
  • 2 quarts of water or stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Soak the lentils for 3 hours.
  2. Peel and chop the onions and garlic. Peel and chop the carrots and potato.
  3. In a large pot on the stovetop, add butter. Set the heat to medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the onions and garlic. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the chopped carrots and potato. Add the lentils, tomatoes, and water (or broth).
  5. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cover.
  6. Cook the soup for about 45 minutes, or until the carrots are soft.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Using a hand immersion blender, blend the lentils and vegetables together. Add salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Serve with lemon and/or cream.


  • The nutrition facts do not include any added cream.
  • Soup can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
  • If cooking in a pressure cooker like an instant pot, cook the shorbat adas on high for 30 minutes.
  • If cooking in a slow cooker, cook the red lentil soup on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


  • Serving Size: 3 cups
  • Calories: 295
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 176 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Fiber: 20 g
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Cholesterol: 11 mg

Keywords: red lentil soup, shorba adas, shorbat adas, chorbat adis, egyptian lentil soup recipe

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