Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard and Lemons
2 cups Ziyad Brand Whole LentilsPicked over, washed and drained
1 Large sweet potato diced
1 Bunch green Swiss chard (about a pound)washed well, stems removed and set aside
12 cups Water or chicken stock Add more if soup gets too thick
3 Garlic cloves smashed
1 Large onion diced
2 Bay leaves
Salt and pepper
¼ cup Fresh lemon juice or juice of one large lemon plus more wedges to serve on the side
3 tbsp Sultan Brand Olive Oil plus more to drizzle on the top
1 tsp Ziyad Brand Cumin
1 tsp Ziyad Brand Turmeric
1 tsp Ziyad Brand Coriander
A pinch of red pepper flakesoptional
Heat olive oil in a heavy pot, add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent about 5 minutes.
Add the rinsed lentils, add the spices and toss to combine about 2 minutes.
Add the water or broth and bay leaves. Let it come to a boil, and then add the potatoes and the diced Swiss chard stalks only.
Let the soup simmer until the lentils and potatoes are cooked through (but not mushy) about 25-30 minutes.
Add the Swiss chard leaves, one handful at a time until it’s all incorporated. Let it simmer for 10 more minutes.
Turn off the heat then add fresh lemon juice.
Enjoy with extra squeeze of lemon juice and a nice drizzle of olive oil.