Red Lentil Soup (Tlokheh/Aadas)

Red Lentil Soup (Aadas) is a staple in the Middle Eastern diet. In fact, most Middle Eastern cultures have their own version of this soup. The following ingredients are usually present; red lentil, rice, and vermicelli noodles. The spice combination varies depending on the region.

Mom’s version was a little unique, because she added diced potatoes. Assyrians call this soup “Tlokheh”. You may simply refer to it as “Moma’s Lentil Soup.”

Preparing this soup always reminds me of my mom. For that matter, preparing most Assyrian recipes does. One particular memory associated with this recipe is rather melancholy. I remember when she was on chemo for her breast cancer, a few months before she passed. I cooked this soup at home and brought some to her house to share with her. She was so happy to receive it, as if I’d prepared a huge feast. She asked how I knew that she had been craving that soup on that particular day. I told her God knew. I sure miss her! Do you have someone special that you can share this soup with? Spread some love in mom’s honor.



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Red Lentil and Curry Soup (Tlokheh/Aadas)
Red Lentil Soup
Course Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
bowls
Ingredients
Course Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
bowls
Ingredients
Red Lentil Soup
Instructions
  1. Dice the potato and add to a strainer, along with the lentil and rice. Wash thoroughly and add to a 5 QT Dutch oven.
    lentil and potatoes
  2. Add three cups of water, and bring to a boil. Lower the temperature, then simmer, covered, for approximately 20 minutes.
    lentil and potatoes
  3. Heat olive oil in a saucepan, and sauté the onion and vermicelli noodles until the onion is soft and the noodles are brown.
    noodles and onions
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan, along with one cup of water. Stir until it all comes together.
    lentils cooking
  5. Add the saucepan ingredients to the rice, potato and lentil mixture, along with two cups of water. Stir to combine, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
    Red Lentil Soup
  6. If the soup gets too thick, just add more water until it reaches the desired consistency. Hope you enjoy this soup as much as mom did!
    red lentil soup
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