Lentil Soup

Sopa de Lentejas Colorada

Preparation info
  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Sephardic Flavors: Jewish Cooking of the Mediterranean

By Joyce Goldstein

Published 2000

  • About

When served during the Nine Days of Tisha B’Av, lentil soup is traditionally accompanied with cheese borekas for a complete meal, although you can serve this soup any time you like. Méri Badi's recipe is fairly austere, but some optional spicing would be a pinch or two of ground cumin, a small pinch of cayenne, and a spritz of lemon juice to brighten the flavors. Sometimes cooked wheat or rice is added. Greek Jews commonly pass olive oil and vinegar at the table.