Egyptian Lentil Soup Recipe

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Egyptian Lentil Soup
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  1. Wash the lentils in a large sieve or colander set under cold running water, until the draining water runs clear.
  2. In a heavy 4 to 5 quart saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over high heat. Add the lentils, onion, tomato and garlic, reduce the heat to low, and simmer partially covered for 45 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over moderate heat. When the foam begins to subside, add the chopped onions and, stirring frequently, cook for 10 minutes, or until they are soft and deeply browned. Set aside off the heat.
  4. Puree the soup through a food mill or pour the entire contents of the saucepan into a sieve set over a deep bowl and force the ingredients through with the back of a large spoon, pressing down hard on the vegetables before discarding the pulp. Return the soup to the saucepan and, stirring constantly, cook over low heat for 3 or 4 minutes to heat through. Stir in the cumin, salt and pepper, and taste for seasoning. Just before serving, stir in the remaining.
  5. 3 tablespoons of butter.
  6. To serve, ladle the soup into a heated tureen, sprinkle lightly.
  7. With the reserved browned onions and serve the lemon wedges separately.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 417.36 Kcal (1747 kJ)
Calories from fat 105.04 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.67g 18%
Cholesterol 29.95mg 10%
Sodium 852.46mg 36%
Potassium 1016.81mg 22%
Total Carbs 52.79g 18%
Sugars 8.38g 34%
Dietary Fiber 20.17g 81%
Protein 26.74g 53%
Vitamin C 5.9mg 10%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 3%
Iron 5.6mg 31%
Calcium 58.6mg 6%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 99.79 Kcal (418 kJ)
Calories from fat 25.11 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.79g 18%
Cholesterol 7.16mg 10%
Sodium 203.82mg 36%
Potassium 243.11mg 22%
Total Carbs 12.62g 18%
Sugars 2g 34%
Dietary Fiber 4.82g 81%
Protein 6.39g 53%
Vitamin C 1.4mg 10%
Iron 1.3mg 31%
Calcium 14mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 8.5
  • 10

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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