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Addas bi Hamod

Adass bi hamod or Lebanese lentils and lemon soup: This is a very famous healthy lentil and Swiss Chard soup especially in a cold winter day. It is also an amazing dish anytime.

This wonderful vegetarian dish is easy to prepare, light and nutritious with its aromatic taste from the garlic lemony flavour.

If your bunch of Swiss Chard is huge you can cook the stalks after cutting them the same way as shown in the image. Then boil them in water for 10 mins. Strain them very well then put them on a kitchen paper towel to adsorb all the water, this method is important to give you the perfect taste for this starter dish. Let them cool then mix them with the same tahini sauce as described in the shawarma recipe, adding to it 1 medium crushed garlic cloves. You can serve it as an appetizer.

I liked to represent dloo bi tahini with our recipe to benefit from the stalks and preparing it is easy and quick. I guess you know now that every time I am preparing adass bi hamod, there is a delicious appetizer dish on a side which are the chopped pieces of stalks of the swiss chard "dloo bi tahini"

Prep. time: 30 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves: 6


1 1/4 cup of lentils

a bunch of Swiss Chard

2 large lemons

1 tbsp summac not necessary if not found

3 garlic cloves crushed

1 medium onion

3 medium potatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp cornstarch

Preparation: Separate the leaves from the stalks. Soak them all in dissolved water with 2 tsp of salt for 7 mins. Wash them all very well and put in a large colander.

Clean the lentils from the any small rocks, wash and put in a large cooking pot then add water only to cover them. Boil for 3 mins, drain and put back into the pot. Cut the chard leaves and stalks into 2 cm pieces, peel the potatoes and cut to small cubed pieces. Now chop the onion, all done as shown in the images.

Add them all to the lentils then add water covering all the ingredients in the pot. Put over high heat until the boiling point. Lower to medium heat and let it cook for 20 mins then add the salt and crushed garlic. Meanwhile mix the corn starch with 1/2 cup of water in a small bowl adding to it 1/2 of a cup from the soup so it won't make small dumplings from the starch when you pour it in the pot. Mix well as soon as you pour the starch mixture. now let it simmer for another 10 mins Add the summac if available, the lemon juice and the olive oil as soon as you turn off. My family loves the garlic lemony flavour in this dish so give it a try and you are going to crave for it every time you feel like having a big bowl of light and healthy soup of adass bi hamod.


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