Lemon Lentil Soup and London

We have reached May already…. April has gone without any posts – things have been too hectic here to do blog hopping (sorry guys!) and posts.

This lentil soup is a copycat from Gaby’s Deli, a Jewish restaurant at Leicester Square, London. Not sure if I could succeed in copying it…. Or rather I should say I just tried to imitate their recipe, however, I like mine very much.

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ginger root, freshly grated
¼ tsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh coriander stalk, finely chopped
100 g onion, finely chopped
70 g carrot, finely chopped
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
650 and 150 ml water
4 tsp no sodium vegetable bouillon (adjust according to the package instructions)
200 g dried red or yellow lentil, rinsed
1 tsp dried mint leaves
½ – ¾ tsp fine sea salt (adjust according to the package instructions)
1 juice of fresh lemon

fresh coriander leaves, to garnish
slices of lemon, to garnish

Method

 ( For 3 -4 servings)

  1. In a large saucepan, put in the olive oil, ginger, garlic and coriander, then fry over low heat stirring consistently until fragrant. Add the onion and sauté for a few minutes but not brown. Spoon in the turmeric and cumin powder, and carry on until fragrant. Add the carrot and fry for further one minute.
  2. Pour the 650 ml water into the pan, stir in the lentil, bouillon, salt  and mint, and increase the heat to bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cover to simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender.
  3. Purée the soup in a food processor or a blender until completely smooth. Let it sit for overnight if possible.
  4. Return the purée to the pan with 150 ml water and reheat over low heat. Pour in some more water if too thick. When boiled, add the lemon juice and simmer for a few minutes. Taste it and add more salt and/or juice of lemon if needed. Remove from the heat.
  5. Serve the soup in bowls and garnish with a slice of lemon and coriander leaves on top.

When in London, I pretty much enjoy Middle Eastern food. Below are the restaurants and shops I have tried:

Gaby’s Deli
Once it was forced to close, but fortunately still there! It’s no-frills but I enjoy their food and atmosphere. I pop in for a quick meal or when I’m away from home for a while and eager for vegetables.

Lentil soup (source: Yelp)

 

Honey & Co.
Very popular restaurant at Warren St. Booking is a must.

 

Mr Falafel

 

Hummus Bros

 

And I tried my blogger friend Kay’s recommendations last year. Thank you Kay for the posts, Yalla Yalla and the Barbary !

Yalla Yalla

At the corner of Green’s Court, found a nice Italian deli, Lina Stores and took away a cannolo.

I’ll definitely go back for their fresh pasta!

 

The Barbary

Halva ice cream

 

Restaurants and shops on my list:

Ottolenghi
Honey & Smoke  – Thank you Kay for sharing the review
Berber & Q – Shawarma Bar
Maroush
Karma Bread Bakery
Pilpel
The Good Egg

Let me know if you have any recommendations! Also if you happen to know where I can purchase a bottle of Arak, Israeli anis liqueur.

 

If you badly want tons of Halva…

It’s a Greek restaurant, but try the Greek Larder at King’s Cross when Whole Foods Market’s tiny package cannot satisfy you! They would happily slice some for you  – I bought about 500 g 😀

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23 thoughts on “Lemon Lentil Soup and London

  1. The soup looks so tasty! I love such thick lentil soups.
    Most of the places, especially Gaby’s place, remind me of Israeli food. I’m glad I’ve been there not long ago!
    Hope you’ll fine the Arak. I’m still guarding the bottle and use it sparingly, as here too it’s not easy to find… 🙂

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      1. I know it sounds weird, but for red lentil soup I usually use green and red Thai curry paste, and then also add cumin, and lots of garlic and lemon and olive oil.
        I’ll try to write down the recipe next time I’ll be making it.
        Thanks for the link about Ta-im. I would never imagine you could find something like this in Japan. Live and learn! 🙂
        By the way, here in NY there’s a very good falafel place with the same name. I guess it’s a catchy name, compared to most Hebrew words! 🙂
        http://www.taimfalafel.com/

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  2. I never thought having lentil soup with lemon! But it sounds interesting so I should try. I wondered which shop it is? … Leicester Sq … and the photo … oh, looks familiar. I used to get some falafels from this shop and they were good!

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  3. Yum! Just reading the ingredients made my mouth water enough to add them to my shopping list for the weekend! I can almost smell the lemony, fragrant aromas wafting through my kitchen already 😀 Thanks for this one~
    Oh and thanks for the travel tips as well, London’s still on the to-do side of our City Trips list, these will help us narrow down the insane amount of eating-out options~

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    1. Thank you for dropping by and glad you liked the recipe!! Wow, you are going to make it?? In that case, please use eine frische und saure (super saure) Zitrone!!
      Hope you enjoy eating out in London!

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  4. I actually got to meet Kay in London a few years ago! My daughter lived there for years, but now she lives in New York City. It’s not as much fun as London, but at least there are fabulous restaurants to go to! Great soup – I love all of the ingredients.

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    1. Did you? You both must have had a wonderful time together! Once I had a chance to visit NY and hummus/falafel and lobster roll/clam chowder places were on the list but fell through unfortunately…. Love to see the B. Apple some day! Anyway, thank you for dropping buy and the comment – glad you liked the recipe!!

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      1. It was just a day, but it was definitely fun. She was a fabulous tour guide! I hope you get to see NYC sometime. It’s quite noisy, unlike London, but has some great sights and foods.

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