16 oz bag Ziyad Brand Red lentils, rinsed and drained
1 Bay leaf
2 tsp Ziyad Brand Cumin
2 tsp Ziyad Brand Coriander
2 tsp Ziyad Brand Turmeric
2 tsp sea salt, adjust to taste
Pinch of Ziyad Brand Hot Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
8-10 cups water or broth
In a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions, and carrots for 5 minutes until translucent. Add garlic, spices and salt and cook for an additional minute.
Add the lentils, water or broth, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and let it simmer until the lentils begin to fall apart and become creamy. Add more water or stock if needed. The lentils will thicken as they cook about 25-30 minutes. Stir soup often so it does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Alternatively remove the bay leaf, blend the soup in a blender or use an immersion blender until smooth and creamy. Serve hot.
To serve: lemon wedges, radishes, green onion, Ziyad Brand sumac, and a drizzle with Sultan Brand Olive Oil.