Cumin and Apricot Lentil Soup

    1 hour 5 minutes

    Apricots in lentil soup? It sounds unusual but this is a common Middle Eastern technique. Cumin and thyme provide a gorgeous flavour.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 90g dried apricots, quartered
    • 300g red lentils
    • 1 litre chicken stock
    • 3 roma tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Sauté onion, garlic and apricots in olive oil. Add lentils and stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
    2. Stir in tomatoes, and season with cumin, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes.
    3. Stir in lemon juice. Purée half of the soup in a blender, then return to the pot. Serve.

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    Something else. Made this soup tonight and it was brilliant. i've been into experimenting with moroccan flavours and recipes lately and this soup, with it's slightly sweet and very rich flavour definately has a moroccan influence. The modifications I made included using regular instead of red lentils, doubled the cumin as suggested by another reviewer, and I added an extra tomato. I also added the spices and tomato to the onion and garlic saute and sauteed until it started to stick. Then I de-glazed with a touch of red wine and added all the liquid and lentils. This sped up the cooking time a bit though I ended up letting it simmer for a couple hours because I had the time. Next time I will double the recipe because my girlfriend and I ate almost the whole recipe all by ourselves!  -  21 Jul 2008


    This is probably my favourite soup. It's a recipe I've made over and over again. It's filling and unique. This recipe makes exactly enough for four people as a main, but make more if they're a hungry four people. It's a must try!  -  21 Jul 2008


    Altered ingredient amounts. Don't make the mistake I did: I added extra apricots on the second try and the soup was far too sweet.  -  21 Jul 2008