Lentil soup is a popular dish in Israeli cuisine. It is prepared in many ways, with additions such as cilantro or meat. It is typically served with pitas, hummus and olives. It may be vegetarian, but can also be made with meat stock or pieces of meat. Red or green lentils may be used. Other ingredients may include vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, celery, parsley, and onion. Common added flavorings include garlic, cumin, lemon juice, olive oil, and vinegar. It is sometimes garnished with croutons or chopped herbs.
Lentil soup is mentioned in the Bible: In Genesis 25:34, Esau is prepared to give up his birthright for a pot of fragrant red lentil soup (a "mess of pottage") being cooked by his brother, Jacob.
Lentil soup is recognized as a highly nutritious, particularly good source of protein, dietary fiber, iron and potassium.
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