This is a soup from Syria which is very warm and comforting. The lemon and cumin, added near the end, brighten it.
Hello, I'm the author of this recipe. You need to add about a teaspoon of cumin to the soup towards the end with the lemon juice. The cumin and lemon juice make all the difference in the taste. - 28 Jan 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
I added cilantro, garlic, corriander and a chicken bouillon cube,,amazing!! A+++ - 18 May 2010 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
merely OK, which is odd because I usually love Syrian food. Seemed like it was definitely missing something, even with the addition of cumin. Was a decent way to use up some old lentils I had laying around but won't be making this one again any time soon. - 03 Mar 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)