Lentil Soup for Parashat Toldot (נזיד עדשים)
Looking for a quick and easy lentil soup to prepare, in honor of the weekly reading?
Bereshit chapter 25, verse 34: “And Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way.” וְיַעֲקֹב נָתַן לְעֵשָׂו לֶחֶם וּנְזִיד עֲדָשִׁים, וַיֹּאכַל וַיֵּשְׁתְּ וַיָּקָם וַיֵּלַךְ
2-3 cups dried lentils (traditionally, red lentils are used for this Parasha, but any color will do!), checked and rinsed well
2 medium onions, sauteed in oil
a few teeth of fresh garlic, crushed
turmeric (add as the onions are almost finished)
salt and pepper
Optional: cumin, chopped parsley and/or cilantro, brown or white rice (ratio of about 1:4 lentil)
At least 4-6 cups water, depending on how thick you like your soup.
Boil, simmer, wait until smooth…and enjoy. Can even be prepared overnight in a slow-cooker.