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Naf Naf Lentil Soup Stovetop or Instant Pot

Naf Naf Lentil Soup

I think you’re gonna love this simple, fast lentil soup, a copycat version of Naf Naf’s Lentil Soup – on the table in less than 30 minutes!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon sumac, optional
  • 12 cups chicken stock (10 fot Instant Pot Version)
  • 1 pound red or yellow lentils
  • 1 lemon, juice half into the soup, serve with the rest
  • up to 1 teaspoon salt
  • parsley or cilantro for garnish

Instructions

Stovetop Version:

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven, add onion and saute until softened, about five to six minutes. Add garlic, curry powder, cumin, cayenne, and sumac, if using, and stir until fragrant, being careful not to burn.

Add a little of the stock, a cup and a half or so, and stir together, then stir in the remainder of the stock. Add in the lentils, bring to a boil, reduce to a good simmer. Cook, stirring now and then until lentils are at the desired stage of doneness, 15 to 25 minutes, depending on whether you wish them to be soft and distinct or very soft and almost dissolved.

Add the squeeze of lemon, salt to taste and garnish with lemon, cilantro or parsley. Serve with a little yogurt or Zhoug if desired.

Instant Pot Version:

Use 10 cups of stock, then adjust as needed when finished.

If you decide to use the IP, use the Saute function, add the oil, then the onion and saute until softened, five to six minutes. Add the garlic, then measure out and add all at once the spices, the curry powder, onion, cayenne, and sumac. Add a little of the stock, a cup and a half or so, and stir together, then stir in the remainder of the stock for 10 cups total. Add in the lentils, seaL and set to Pressure, High for five minutes. When finished use a quick release, stopping for a minute if anything else other than steam is coming out of the valve, then resume the release. Use the saute function to simmer to desired consistency and adjust seasonings and liquids as desired.

Add the squeeze of lemon, salt to taste and garnish with lemon, cilantro or parsley. Serve with a little yogurt or Zhoug if desired.

Keywords: Bargain Meal of the Week, Chicken Stock, Instant Pot, Lentil, Middle Eastern, Soup

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