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Adas bhamoud (chard and lentil soup)


adas bhamoudAnother traditional Lebanese soup, served also as a main dish due to its powerful ingredients; featuring chard, lentil and potato. A hearty soup, full of iron, protein, fibers and vitamins, suitable for vegetarians and people abstaining from eating meat during the lent period.

Chard health benefits:

Chard is one of the most powerful anti-cancer foods due to its combination of traditional nutrients; chlorophyll, other plant pigments, and soluble fiber.  It is an excellent source of vitamins C, E, and K (is especially beneficial in the maintenance of bone health), carotene. It is also an excellent source of several minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron, and manganese. Chard is also a good source of many other nutrients including vitamin B6, protein, calcium, thiamine, selenium, zinc, niacin, and folic acid.

adas bhamoud 2You will need:

  • chard; leaf and stems (coarsely chopped) about 500g
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2 cups medium cubed potatoes
  • 1 big onion finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • juice of 2 lemons or so (your choice to taste)
  • 1.5 -2 liters water

Cook the onion and garlic with the olive oil until tender and fragrant. Add the washed lentils and cover with 1 liter of water. Boil for 10 minutes then add potato and chard with another half liter of water (If you want a more watery soup you can add 1 liter).

When it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat then add salt and lemon as per your taste.

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My husband doesn’t like lemon too much, unlike me. To please all taste, you can serve lemon aside, so each of you can season individually.

Serve it warm and enjoy one of my favorite soup.

adas bhamoud 4This quantity serves 4-6 plates. If you are pairing it with another food, it will serve even 8 plates. Sahtein!

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Makhlouta (mix grains soup)


makhloutaMixed is the literal translation for the word “makhlouta”. This traditional Lebanese soup consists of a medley of chickpeas, pinto beans (or any bean of your choice), lentils and bulgur. A great source of proteins and iron to serve well for people abstaining from eating meat during the lent period.

If you are vegetarian and this is your first introduction to makhlouta, trust me it will be on your to do list from now on. The ingredients look simple but the outcome is deep in flavor.

makhlouta 5You will need:

  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1 cup beans (of your choice but usually it’s pinto beans)
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1/2 cup bulgur
  • 2 big onions finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • cumin powder for seasoning (optional)

Soak chickpeas and beans for overnight or at least 12 hours to double in size.

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In a deep pot fry the onions in olive oil until tender and fragrant. When they start turning into golden brown color, drain out chickpeas and beans from water and add them to the onion then the lentils and bulgur. Pour 2 liters of water and cook on medium heat. When it starts boiling, reduce to low heat, cover the pot and let it simmer for an hour. If the water reduces feel free to add some more. The level of water should be always 2-3cm above the grains.

Serve hot with a sprinkle of cumin, it gives a nice deep flavor and helps with the digestion of the grains later. Some people like to add lemon juice for this purpose.

makhlouta 3This delicious soup serves 4-6 plates. It’s not an entree like other soups, lebanese people serve it as a main dish as it is so filling! It’s a hearty soup served in old days during winter to supply with the energy needed.

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