Persian Lentil Soup “Adasi”

I was scrolling down my Facebook feed yesterday and I came across a delicious looking soup that a lady shared in a group. It was a Persian chicken and oat soup. It looked great but she didn’t post the recipe so I did some search and found another Persian soup called “ADASI”. As the name suggests, it’s a lentil soup. And as I went through the recipe, I was amazed how healthy and hearty it was. Rich in nutrients. So, I thought why not give it a go.
Today I tried it out and as you can tell by my excitement that I am posting it the very same day. It was divine. I did add a few more things as per my liking. And VOILA! A wholesome yet delicious dinner. A perfect comfort food in my opinion. The different textures and burst of flavors… Ooh! Even though I’m full but I’m salivating.

You Will Need:

  • Dried Lentil – 1 cup
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Onion – 1 (medium)
  • Chicken broth/Vegetable broth – 2 cups
  • Salt – 1 tablespoon
  • Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric – 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Tomato paste – 1 tablespoons
  • Potato – 1 (medium, diced)
  • Tomatoes – 2 (medium, diced)
  • Olive oil – 2-3 tablespoons


  • Parsley – a handful (finely chopped)
  • Coriander – a handful (finely chopped)
  • Onion – 1 (medium, sliced)
  • Oil – for frying


In a frying pan, add oil and fry the sliced onions for garnish until golden brown and keep aside.

Before starting off with lentils, be sure to check the lentils for any pebbles/stones in it. Then take a sauce pan and add 2 cups of water and lentils. Cook it till the lentils are cooked and the water is absorbed.

In another saucepan, add olive oil and onions and fry until golden brown.

Now add all the spices, lentils, potatoes, tomato paste, chicken/vegetable broth and 1 cup of water to the onions and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes on medium heat with the lid on or until the potatoes are fork tender.

Then add the diced tomatoes and cook it for another 15 minutes on medium-low heat. Make sure to stir every 5 minutes so that the lentils don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Once ready, take it out in the bowl and top it off with chopped coriander and parsley and fried onions. Serve and enjoy!

Try out this hearty and wholesome recipe and let me know how it went for you by commenting down below and share a picture on Instagram with a hashtag #SwishLifeFood

Rabiya ❤

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