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Lentil Soup for Parashat Toldot (נזיד עדשים)

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by: Alissa Burstein

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

Try this:

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.