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)
I enjoyed this recipe and loved that it was all 1 pot without too many steps. I did think it was a tad too spicy and will leave out the cayenne next time. Also, because of some of the warnings about carrot juice, I left it out completely. I didn't have tomato bullion but used 2 tbs of tomato paste and thought the taste and texture was great as far as that goes. - 01 Mar 2018 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I knew I would like this recipe because it has three things that I love: lentils, zaatar, bulghur. I often put bulghur in soups but adding the zaatar (which I have never used in soup before) was key in making this soup wonderful for me. Specifics: I used Lebanese blend zaatar and coarse bulghur. Yum! I think next time I would make Middle Eastern 'mountain bread' with zaatar and have it with this soup. Delish! Also for me this is 4 bowls...I like hearty servings of soup. - 13 Jan 2018 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)