Ethiopia was a hard country to follow as we loved that meal, but Egypt gave it a real run for it’s money. I personally liked the Egyptian food better. For Egypt we made a Red Lentil Soup (Soupe de Lentille), featured here, along with M’Raad (Egyptian Eggplant Salad) and Salade Egyptienne, a popular Egyptian salad. We loved the Red Lentil Soup and the M’Raad. YUM!!!! The soup was smooth and luxurious. The Salade Egyptienne was a bit too lemony for Scott who is not a super big lemon fan. Eva and I thought it was ok, but the other two dishes were awesome! I do not cook with lentils very often, so I was a bit intimidated, but it was fairly easy to make. Also, one interesting thing I learned is that Red Lentils are also known as Egyptian Lentils outside of Egypt. I would highly recommend these two dishes. Healthy and easy to make. Serve with pita. These recipes come from one of my favorite cookbooks: Sephardic Cooking by Copeland Marks. It is not a fancy cookbook and has absolutely zero pictures, but the recipies are generally fabulous and I love the cultural tid bits. These dishes were vegan and gluten-free.
- 1/2 pound red lentils, well rinsed and soaked in watre for 1 hour, drained
- 5 cups water
- 1 small onion, left whole
- 1 small potato, peeled, halved
- 6 sprigs of fresh coriander + 2 extra to chop for garnish
- 1 T corn oil
- 4 cloves garlic, mashed, using mortar and pestle
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cuminseed
- 1/8 tsp ground tumeric
- croutons (optional – skip the croutons to make it gluten free)
Step by Step Directions
|1.||Rinse 1/2 lb red lentils. |
Soak for 1 hr in water. Make sure the water is about 2-3 inches
above the lentils as they will soak up water.
|Put lentils, water, onion, potato and coriander in a pot.|
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook, covered for 1/2 hour.
|3.||Process the mixture to a smooth consistency. (I do it right in the pot)|
Return the mixture to the pot if you prefer to do it in a bowl.
|Peel and mash 4 cloves of garlic.|
If you don’t have a mortar & pestle you can smash it with the
side of a large knife.
|5.||Heat the oil in a skillet.|
|Add the salt, ground cuminseed, tumeric and garlic.|
(Best to add garlic last so it will not burn while you are adding other ingredients)
Stir-fry over moderate heat for 3 minutes.
|Add garlic mixture to the soup. |
Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
|8.||Serve hot with toasted bread croutons or dry toasted pita.|
Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Recipe Source: Sephardic Cooking by Copeland Marks p. 417.