Bethany Kehdy

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When Life’s Moving Too Fast, I Make Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup
We all know what it’s like when the world is spinning at two hundred miles an hour and you’re standing there in a dizzy, desperately trying to remain sane and get on with your ever expanding to-do list while tackling tasteless fireballs. I feel like that all too often. In fact, I feel like that right now.

Red Lentil Soup

But, a while ago, I promised myself to learn to enjoy the moment no matter what it is! When all goes “Pete Tong” – as the cliche goes in my hubby’s industry –  I stop whatever I’m doing and I make red lentil soup. Yes! As some have cheerlessly said before; “You’ve always been a simple gal.”

I hope that never changes.

So, why red lentil soup? This is a take on an old favorite. I’ve always loved lentil soup; particularly the traditional Shorbet *3addas made by many lovely ladies in my family, my American mother to be included. However, the following recipe is one I use throughout the week, when I’m crazy busy but still want to consume a healthy and quick lunch without skipping out on taste, of course!

* The arabic letter 3 (ayn) is pronounced by tightening up your vocal cords & then saying “Ah”.

Red Lentil Soup

It’s great alone! But, it’s all the better served with a coriander salsa & crispy arabic bread. Some marriages are indeed made in heaven!

With that said, I’m off to rejuvenate mine!



When Life's Moving Too Fast, I Make Red Lentil Soup
  • 1 medium onion – rough chop
  • 3 garlic cloves -smashed
  • 160g – rinsed red lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 600ml vegetable/chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
Tomato- Coriander Salsa
  • 2 tomatoes, finely diced
  • 2 spring onions, finely diced
  • 3g of coriander, finely chopped
  • ½ lemon, juiced (more to taste)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil 1-2 tablespoons
Crispy Arabic Triangles
  • 1 whole loaf of arabic bread – sliced into triangles
  • Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pre-heat oven- 325 F/160C/3G & bake for about 5 minutes on each side

23 thoughts on “When Life’s Moving Too Fast, I Make Red Lentil Soup

  1. Oh wow – what a great post to wake up to – another Beth video, yay! You look gorgeous and stunning as ever honey. I love, love, love this lentil soup. I grew up on it, and it is as comforting as anything you can imagine, especially now in winter. Love the salsa addition. Fab!

  2. Just right for when days become cold & grey, & yet liife whizzes by unrelentlessly! I’m amazed you can dish out such beauty with the world spinning so fast! Great video & gorgeous pics Beth. My Mum makes a mean lentil soup, & I think I might give her a run for her money with yours!!

  3. Ah, soup as cure-all! I agree! Pumpkin Soup is in the making for us for tonight! I love red lentils and usually make an Indian version but I will definitely try your luscious version next! Yay for the Beth videos!

  4. Life is moving to fast for me too! I think I need TWO serves of this great looking soup. Thanks for sharing and what a great idea to have a video. Well done!

  5. yummy ilove this soup so delicious . ican eat it every day so good and health .you look beautiful in the video .great job.
    i love your lentil soup yummy so delicious and tasty .

    i had it for lunch,my children’s loved it

  6. This is so delicious and the salsa is a great addition. You are suited for video and maybe you will have your own show one day 🙂 I always share your recipes with friends and family. Great Job!

  7. you know what they say don’t you? great minds think alike – that is why we both have red lentil soups up on our blogs at the same time. i really like the sound of yours with the garlic and coriander powder.

  8. I was looking for a red lentil soup that I could make with ingredients I had on hand. Made this soup for lunch today. So simple, quick and delicious! Thank you!

  9. Thank you so much for this recipe. It has become my go-to soup! I even took it to work for a lady’s lunch. They LOVED it! Thank you again.

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