Red Lentil Soup with Sumac
By :Coco Morante
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I used to make this on the stove top all the time, but now I prefer to use the Instant Pot. Whip up a batch whenever you have a few minutes to spare, and it will stay piping hot until you’re ready to enjoy it. The soup is brightly flavored from the squeeze of lemon juice stirred in at the end of cooking. That addition really makes the dish, so don’t skip it! Serve the soup drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkled with sumac (a lemony Middle Eastern spice) for a fresh, peppery finishing touch.
Votes: 8
Rating: 4.5
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Course Soup
Cuisine Middle East
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Soups, Stews & Broths
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Lentils, Sumac
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 large stalks celery diced
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 4 cups Water or vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • extra-virgin olive oil for serving
  • ground sumac for serving
Course Soup
Cuisine Middle East
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Soups, Stews & Broths
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Lentils, Sumac
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 large stalks celery diced
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 4 cups Water or vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • extra-virgin olive oil for serving
  • ground sumac for serving
Votes: 8
Rating: 4.5
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Select the Sauté setting on the Instant Pot and heat the olive oil. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and salt and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion has softened and is translucent.
  2. Add the lentils, water, and bay leaf and stir well.
  3. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select the Select the Soup/Broth setting and set the cooking time for 15 minutes at high pressure.
  4. Let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes, then move the Steam Release to Venting to release any remaining steam.
  5. Open the pot and stir in the lemon juice, then taste and adjust the seasoning with salt if needed.
  6. Ladle the soup into bowls, top each serving with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of sumac, and serve right away.
Recipe Notes

If you like, add 1 teaspoon of a favorite spice blend to the soup when you add the lentils. Garam masala, ras el hanout, and berbere are three of my favorites.

11 replies
  1. Acp20
    Acp20 says:

    This is an excellent soup for a chilly autumn meal. It needs the stock instead of the water as well as the garam masala – otherwise, it would be too bland. A good rustic bread for sopping is also advised.
    This (as with most instant pot recipes) is midleading in the timing. Allow 60 minutes from start to finish for this.

  2. CuppaJoe
    CuppaJoe says:

    Made half recipe in mini 3-quart Instant Pot, substituted a can of diced tomatoes for some of the water, added sausage, no sumac. Delicious!!

  3. wendi q
    wendi q says:

    A great vegetarin soup! Hearty and filling. I did ot use the Sumac, ut did use Chicken broth and stirred in spinach instead of corn. .

  4. Tiny Kitchen
    Tiny Kitchen says:

    Creamy & tasty. I used vegetable broth as suggested above & used berbere for the stir-in spice. I only had one carrot & the soup was quite good even so. Very favorable work-to-deliciousness ratio.

  5. Lolavr
    Lolavr says:

    Really bland when only water used even with garam masala. I didnt like the texture of the lentils either, it was more like a dahl.

  6. JK12
    JK12 says:

    Great recipe! A friend suggested using garam marsala (did not gave sumac) – yum! Such a glexible recipe!! Great with chucken too 😉

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