Libyan Lentil Soup With Fried Onions (Hasa Adas حساء عدس)

 

Hasa adas is a thick lentil soup flavored with cumin and topped with caramelized onion rings, fried until crisp and extra sweet. The same soup ( sometimes made with dried meat) is poured as a sauce over a layer of toasted Arabic bread to make a warming winter comfort food called fattat adas.

 

Lentil Soup With Fried Onions: Hasa Adas حساء عدس

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups orange lentils (washed and drained)
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt

 

Fried Onions:

  • 2 medium onions, chopped into wings
  • oil for frying

 

For Topping:

  • Extra cumin
  • Toasted or fried bread (cut into cubes or triangles for flatbread)

 

Directions:

Wash and drain lentils, wash and cut the carrot, chop tomatoes and onion.

Put the onion, tomatoes, carrot,  lentils, garlic cloves, salt and cumin in a pot.

Add about 5 cups of boiling water. Cook, until the lentils, become mushy.

Leave to cool, puree, add boiling water to desired thickness, stir well.

Chop 2 onions into thin wings, fry in a little olive oil or butter, stirring constantly until dark brown.

When serving to add a squeezed lemon and a sprinkle of cumin to each bowl then top with a tablespoon of fried onions. Place a handful of toasted bread in the soup bowl before ladling on the soup, to turn it into a more filling meal.

 

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