Saturday, 23 October 2010

Lentil Soup With Fried Onions: Hasa Adas حساء عدس

Hasa adas  is a thick lentil soup flavored with cumin and topped with caramelized onion wings, fried until crisp and extra sweet. The same soup ( sometimes made with dried meat) is poured as a sauce over a layer of toasted Arabic bread to make a warming winter comfort food called fattat adas

Serves 4

2 cups orange lentils (washed and drained)
5 cups water
2 garlic cloves

1 medium carrot, chopped
1 chopped onion
1 chopped tomatoes
1/2 - 1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon salt

Fried Onions
2 medium onions, chopped into wings
oil for frying

For Topping
Extra cumin
Toasted or fried bread (cut into cubes, or triangles for flat bread)

Wash and drain lentils, wash and cut the carrot, chop tomatoes and onion.

        Put the onion, tomatoes, carrot,  lentils, garlic cloves, salt and cumin in a pot.  

Add about 5 cups of boiling water. Cook, until the lentils become mushy. 

Leave to cool, puree, add boiling water to desired thickness, stir well. 

Chop 2 onions into thin wings, fry in a little olive oil or butter, stirring constantly until dark brown. 

When serving add a squeeze lemon and a sprinkle of cumin to each bowl then top with a tablespoon of fried onions. Place a handful of toasted bread in the soup bowl before ladling on the soup, to turn it into a more filling meal.


  1. I love lentil soup and yours looks yummy! I love the idea of putting the fried onions on top.

  2. It's great comfort food as it is, but for me the onions give it that extra bit of flavor :)

  3. Essalam Alaikum, Masha'allah I'm hungry for lentils now. HEHE! I miss red lentils sooooooo much! They don't have them here in Algeria, and they are a favorite of mine! Your soup looks so good, Masha'allah!

  4. Walaikum Asalam :) Thanks for the comment! As you can probably tell, I love the bright color of red lentils. I'm surprised they don't sell them in Algeria. o.0

  5. Thank you very much. I was planning my family in Libya to get recipe, but found it here.

  6. You're welcome, I hope the recipe works for you :)

  7. Love this recipe. I made it for my Libyan friends and they cried, it reminded them of home :-) Thank you for your recipes!

  8. Thanks for visiting the blog. Glad you (and your friends!) liked the recipe :)