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.