Syrian lentil soup

I’ve been so brain dead for the past few days. Like in the same way society scrutinises blondes for being dumb. Only tenfold worse. You see….. I’ve been aiming to get my driver’s license since August last year… I did a practical driving test on the 23rd Aug 2011… and after passing all the exam exercises, I failed while driving back to the transport department because the examiner intervened.

I went again on Feb 15 of 2012 for a test. I passed. Until on the way back to the department, I merged lanes without being asked to. Diver intervened. I failed.

I called to make another appointment and [very] miraculously got one on the 16th Feb. I was driving along and on the way back to the department……. driver intervened. Only verbally, saying: “so what do you have planned this afternoon?” I panicked! Did I pass or fail? Why is she saying this? I said, “oh nothing much!” she continued talking to me… what do you study, what grade are you in, etc. I thought, “hooray! I’ve passed” ….but I didn’t want to jinx myself so I just kept quiet until I got to the department… without an examiner intervention… which meant I had passed! HOORAY!

Thursday night my grandmother did a little dinner party because she’s so happy that I finally got my license. And on Saturday, my sis did 2 gorgeously cute cakes for a hors d’oeuvres ‘party’ we held… the cakes were a green car (i.e. the Toyota I’ve been training in which I have plans to steal from my father)…

I didn’t say this, but I think she didn’t smooth out the cream because.. (next caption)

It’s so cute, right?! But that’s not all… The car comes with break lights AND a personalised rego plate… FA01

…it’s a reflection of all the bumps I’ve dinted into the car πŸ˜‰ nah, only joking!

… and the other is a P plate cake. Because here in Aussie, you go from Learner plate, to Provisional 1 (red), to Provisional 2 (green), to Open license.

Isn’t she so sweet? She even did a gorgeous updo for me at my request, and did all that rushing around that a host does when they’re hosting a hors de’Ovors party! I felt like a queeeeen! πŸ™‚

Anyway, since I’ve been doing nothing more than lying around in the heat and pondering over how dumb I’m becoming due to this agonisingly intense calefaction, I thought I’ll share with you a super lazy, awesomely delicious, fool proof, Syrian style lentil soup for those enjoying the cooler months! This soup is usually eaten with kibbeh (recipe to be posted one day). For meat lovers, add in about 150 – 200 g minced/diced meat half way though the cooking process after marinating with spices for 30 minutes.

Serves: 6


2 cups red lentils

1 small onion, finely diced

2 tbs butter (or oil)

4 cups tap water

1/4 cup bulgur (or rice)

3 tbs ground cumin

dash of salt, pepper, and baharat to taste

1 tsp safflower threads



On high heat, add the lentils and onion into a non-stick saucepan, and fry in the butter for a minute.

Add in the water and cover.

Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium.

Add in the bulgur and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

At the 30 minute mark, add in the spices to taste.

Cover and cook for a further 20 minutes on medium heat.

Serve with lemon wedges and cumin if desired.


Told you it was too easy! πŸ™‚

14 thoughts on “Syrian lentil soup

  1. Emily says:

    Wow that’s brilliant, congratulations. YAYAYAYAY! I didn’t get my license until in my 20s because, well, we didn’t need it living in the city carless etc etc. Then I changed jobs and needed to learn so did. Don’t ever learn from your boyfriend – we had the most ridiculous arguments. Hah!! Anyway. Nice job Queen Fati.

  2. Chica Andaluza says:

    Congratulations – seems they were a bit hard on you though at the beginning! Anyway, glad you were treated to lovely cakes and a celebration. And thanks for giving us such a lovely recipe too…we love our lentils here!

  3. Charles says:

    Congratulations Fati – I’ve had my license in France now for 1 year and 5 days today. I was nervous as hell taking the exams. The examiner actually intervened as well for me – I was doing a safe manoeuvre but he’d wanted me to merge with the highway, instead of coming round onto the exit ramp so he jerked the wheel over – Was so scared I’d failed then, but in the end I actually got a really high grade – 28/30 (minimum to pass is 20) πŸ™‚

    Great looking cake, and soup – I love lentils so much… they’re so mushy and delicious! πŸ˜€

  4. profiterolesandponytails says:

    Congrats on passing your driving test!!! I love the cakes that your sister made for you — what a sweet sister! Your soup looks lovely and would be a great way to use up the bags of lentils that I’ve stocked up on. Now off to find safflower threads…

  5. Geni - Sweet and Crumby says:

    Congratulations! Yay for you and those cakes are adorable. You are a lucky, lucky girl to have such a nice family and to be celebrating your new license! Have a blast…and drive carefully. I’m a mom. It’s what I have to say. It’s my job.

  6. fati's recipes says:

    Aww, thanks for all your comments and little stories. I wish we had a mark out of something down here. It’s more like, get 9 mistakes and you fail, or do 1 Critical Driving Error (such as speeding, collision, running a red light) and fail, or if the examiner intervenes you fail.
    Glad you guys enjoyed the soup and cakes as much as I did.. πŸ™‚
    Hope I didn’t confuse anyone when I didn’t draw the link between being dumb and doing driving tests… it’s just that I always come back from any sort of tests like a completely dead person :mrgreen: ehm.

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