Now that the cold weather season is here, it's time to start thinking soup. Call me biased but my mom made one of the best chicken noodle recipes I have ever tasted. It's a big hit around my house pretty much any time of the year. Unfortunately, one cannot live on Chicken Noodle Soup alone. That's when I reach for a different recipe.
Tlavhe Red Lentil Soup is a healthy, easy to make traditional "Suryoyo" lentil soup from Assyria and it is at the top of my list of new favorites! The thing I love most about this recipe is the simple, healthy ingredients that go into making this soup uniquely delicious. Even the homemade red pepper paste that gives this soup a subtle kick of heat is packed with nutrition and simple to make.
I learned to make Tlavhe (pronounced Cho-hay) from my friend Laurie. Her husband Fuat is originally from Assyria and this soup has been in his family for generations. Assyrian cuisine is created from a fusion of cultures and regions across the globe and is part of our their own story. Assyria, kingdom of northern Mesopotamia was located in what is now Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey. Though the original descendants of the Assyrian culture can still be found in countries through out the world, Fuat's family continues to honor their heritage by preserving their language, their traditions and their recipes.
Although the original Tlavhe recipe is made without the drizzle of lemon juice and Black Cumin Oil, Laurie added the lemon to subtly enhance the flavor of the soup and more importantly the Black Cumin Oil because of the incredible health benefits this oil offers.
This winter as the temperature begins to drop, give this delicious health packed recipe a try and enjoy a little taste of Assyrian cuisine.
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