Persian Lentil Soup (Adasi)

Persian Lentil Soup (Adasi)
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1h 10 min
4 servings

We love a pantry staple meal that is both healthy and filling, and this Persian lentil dish is just that! It is comfort food at its finest, layering ingredients like green lentils, turmeric and onions into a soup-like dish. It’s simple but hearty. In Iran it is a meal served at any time of day, oftentimes even being served as breakfast. Serve with some Persian style Barbari bread, or just on its own with some fresh lime on top — delicious!

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1 ½
Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
Tbsp vegetable oil
medium onion, diced
cloves garlic, minced
tsp turmeric
cups water
cup green lentils, washed and drained
tsp salt, plus more to taste
tsp ground black pepper, plus more to taste
Tbsp flour
cup diced potatoes
Parsley, or other fresh herbs to garnish
Limes or sour oranges, to serve



In Iran, ½ Tbsp Angelica powder is typically added to this recipe, an ingredient that is not common in Canada. You won’t notice it’s not there!

Ingredients for Persian Lentil Soup (Adasi)
Step 1

Melt ½ the butter in a medium-sized pot. Add oil. Once heated through, add onions, cooking until translucent. Add garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes. Toss in turmeric and stir until onions are well coated.

Onions and turmeric cooking in a Dutch oven
Step 2

Pour 4 cups of water into the pot and bring to a boil. Add lentils, salt and pepper.

Lentils, turmeric, water and onions in a large Dutch oven
Step 3

Stir and cover, cooking on low heat for 45 minutes.

Persian Lentil Soup (Adasi) in a large Dutch oven
Step 4

In a small saucepan, fry flour in remaining butter until dissolved, whisking constantly. Add to the lentils, along with the potatoes at the 45 minute mark. Cook for 20 more minutes, covered, on low heat until potatoes are cooked through.

Potatoes being added to Persian lentil soup (Adasi)
Step 5

Season again with salt and pepper if desired. The consistency should be thick with a little bit of liquid left.

Step 6

Serve with fresh herbs and lime juice.

Persian lentil soup (Adasi) ready to serve

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