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An overhead shot of a bowl of Lebanese Sour Lentil Soup, with slices of lemon on the side, and a bunch of fresh coriander.
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Lebanese Lemon Lentil Soup

You can never go wrong with a serving of this Sour Lentil Soup from Lebanon (Adas Bhamod). Delicious comfort in a bowl, and so quick to prepare!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Lebanese
Servings: 6
Calories: 270kcal
Author: Neriz


  • 4 to 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped finely
  • 1 & 1/2 cups coriander, chopped roughly
  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups spinach, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • salt, to season


  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven (or a large saucepan) over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is ready, add the chopped onions and some salt.
  • Cook until the onions turn a bit soft, then add the coriander.
  • Stir and cook for a few minutes, then add the lentils.
  • Keep stirring, then pour six cups of water into the saucepan.
  • Cover with a lid, then bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients: spinach, potatoes, lemon juice, and more salt (to season).
  • Mix, then cover with a lid and continue simmering until the potatoes are cooked.  This generally takes 25 to 30 minutes for me.
  • Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  • Take the soup off the heat and transfer it into bowls.
  • Serve with slices of lemon, if desired.



  • Use brown or green lentils; both types do not get mushy quickly.
  • Check that the heat is in constant low while simmering. It helps in not overcooking the lentils.
  • Depending on how intense the lemons are where you live, you might need to adjust the lemon juice amount in this lentil soup.
  • Swiss chard is traditionally used for this soup, but mature spinach is an excellent alternative.I suggest getting rid of the stems when you chop them as well.


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 732mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1223IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg