Persian Superfoods Lentil Recipe

Superfoods Persian Style: Adasi (Lentils)

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Persian Superfoods Lentil Recipe

Persian Lentil Stew (Adasi) with Quinoa


Superfoods are rich in nutrients, and of course, super healthy! Lentils are a type of bean that are both nutritious and delicious.

Benefits of Lentils:
Lentils are high in protein, fiber, iron, B vitamins and folate.
– Protein and fiber can help keep you full longer. Fiber also helps stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol.
– Folate is important for healthy fetal development. Low folate levels have been found to be low in many people who have depression, so your mood may benefit from added folate!
– Given the higher content of protein in lentils compared to other beans, it is a great way for vegetarians to get their daily source of protein.

How to cook Lentils
Daal is a common Indian dish made of lentils. Lentils can also be used instead of chickpeas to make hummus. Today we are bringing you a delicious lentil recipe from the Persian Empire called Adasi.

ADASI (Persian Lentil Stew) Recipe

–               2 cups dried brown lentils
- washed and soaked in water for a few hours prior to cooking
–               1 large onion – finely chopped
–               3 Tbsp grapeseed or olive oil
–               Salt and pepper to taste
–               1 tsp turmeric
–               4-5 cups water

Optional ingredients:
– 1 Tbsp lemon juice
– 1 Tbsp plum or tamarind paste


  1. Fry the onions in the oil in a medium size pot on medium high- heat until golden.
  2. Strain the soaked lentils and add to the onions.
  3. Add the salt, pepper, turmeric and water. Make sure there is enough water to cover the lentils by about 2 inches.
  4. Cover the pot and cook on medium heat for 30-40 minutes. The lentils should be soft with consistency like a thick soup. Add more water if needed.
  5. Optional: For an added tinge of tanginess mix in the lemon juice or plum or tamarind paste.
  6. Add a little gratitude and enjoy alone or pair with rice or quinoa. Adasi can also be eaten cold as a dip with vegetables or pita chips.

Try this recipe out and let us know what you think!


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