Red lentils and bulgur wheat are simmered with tomatoes, carrot juice, za'atar and other spices to create this hearty soup.
Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend usually consisting of a combination of sesame seeds, dried sumac, thyme, salt, oregano and marjoram. You can find it in most large supermarkets.
I made this soup, but I used salsa instead of the tomato bouillon and added celery for added health benefits. I also kept out the spice I'd never heard of along with the Ceyenne peppers since we don't like spicy foods. Yummy. - 16 Feb 2014 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Be careful with the carrot juice! I added as much as described and it was like you'd poured sugar over the soup. I didn't like the flavor, but by increasing the amounts of everything else the sweet taste eventually disappeared, and a pretty tasteful soup emerged. I wish I had a mixer, because the consistence is not very soup-y without blending. - 26 Oct 2016 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My family and I loved this hearty vegetarian soup - I used chicken stock instead of water and a cup of water instead of carrot juice, skipped the bouillons, added a tablespoon of tomato paste with the garlic, and used a bit more fresh tomato than called for - results were wonderful. This will be a regular in the rotation, and next time I'll use veg stock to keep it vegan. Awesome flavor, really great texture - thanks for the recipe! - 30 Sep 2015 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)