Rishta – Lebanese Lentil and Pasta Soup

Ever since I have been hooked onto home made soups, I jump at any given opportunity to make them at home. HD is now becoming a huge fan of my soups! *Blush blush* Hehe… Having said that, the kids really don’t favor that but hopefully, with passage of time, they will be “forced” to accept the situation and eat whatever is kept on the table! Buhaha…


This month, for the MENA Cooking Club, we had Lebanon as the country for the recipe trial. Lebanon is a country that everybody would be familiar with, especially the picturesque pine trees and the snow fall! InShaAllah, would love to visit the lovely country some day… hopefully when HD gets converted to a travel loving person… As usual, we had three choices of starter, stew and dessert. Though I would have loved to go for dessert, I didn’t, just like what I had mentioned in this post of mine! I was really excited by the stew provided – Rishta. Reading the name, especially Indians would think it of as “relationship”!!! Rishta is basically a Lebanese lentil soup, made of brown or green lentils and having pasta as an ingredient. I scoured through the many options that I was able to read through and found out that any soup with lentil, pasta, garlic and coriander leaves was a Rishta. Some add greens like chopped spinach to it, some don’t. Whatever said and done, I must say that this was a very filling and delicious soup with the limited ingredients it had and would definitely be a repeat on our Tuesday menus! Off to the way I made it…

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Rishta - Lebanese Lentil and Pasta Soup

Course Soups
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/3 cup green lentils
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch coriander leaves and stems included
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tbsp coriander powder
  • 800 ml boiling water
  • 2 bouillon cubes I used Knorr herbs
  • 1/4 cup macaroni or noodles
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak the green lentils in cold water for 30 minutes. Drain.
  • Grind the garlic and coriander with little water into a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the garlic-coriander paste and saute for around five minutes till it releases a nice aroma.
  • Add the coriander powder and saute for two minutes.
  • Now add the drained lentils, boiling water and the cubes and cook for five minutes.
  • Add in the macaroni, close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for three whistles on medium-high flame.
  • Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself. Adjust seasoning.
  • Serve warm!


You can add 1/2 tsp cumin while adding the coriander powder.
Some recipes use chopped spinach. If you like spinach, finely chop a small bunch and add in the end. Simmer till it gets cooked.
I got a soup of pouring consistency. You can add more lentil or macaroni to make it extra thick and less on fluid.

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  1. Interesting soup, love the color☺

    1. Thank you so much Nusrath… πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Lisha….

  2. healthy soup with lentils..lovely name too,rishta..will give a try,Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

  3. A tummy filling soup! Looks delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Hiba… πŸ™‚

  4. Yummy looking soup Rafee.

    1. Thanks a lot Meena…

  5. Soup looks yummy …loved the flavours used

    1. Thank you so much Gloria….

  6. love the color of the soup. macoroni's are lovely addition to the soup

    1. Thank you so much Jyothi…

  7. wow! looks so tempting and flavourful

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  8. Healthy and soothing lentil soup:)It's also filling because of the macoronis:)

    1. Thank you so much Padma…. πŸ™‚

  9. One wholesome soup!!! Awesome πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Gauri… πŸ™‚

  10. I love homemade soup too and yours looks wonderfully Green even without the spinach.

    1. Thank you so much Umm Hamza…

  11. mine is the complete opposite, my hubby is not a big soup fan but the boys love soup. But its too hot over here to eat soup. looks delicious

    1. Thank you so much Nammi…

  12. i am hugggggggeeee fan of Mediterranean lentil soups. πŸ™‚ beautiful it looks yaar

    1. Thank you so much Shweta… πŸ™‚

  13. Wonderful soup rafee.Must be very filling.

    1. Yes it is! Thanks a lot Sathya….

  14. Filling and flavor rich soup…looks inviting!

    1. Thank you so much Sangeetha…

  15. Haven't been here after you got this new space- wow- it's lovely! As for the soup- looks delicious. I had soup for last night's dinner and today's lunch(I need to lose some extra waist padding;-)) and I was actually going to make enough for the week. This can be an idea- lentils with pasta- very yum πŸ™‚

    1. Extra waist padding??? What should I call mine then? LOL!!! Thank you so much for coming by dear, you always cheer me up! πŸ™‚

  16. This Lebanese lentil pasta soup sounds yumm. Need to try.

    1. Thank you so much Swathi…

  17. This is such a lovely and wholesome soup.. Should try sometime..

    1. Thank you so much Sona….

  18. looks so tempting……..

    1. Thanks a lot Femi…

  19. Lentil soups are the best, love how yours turned out. So filling and healthy

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  20. G'day and big thanks for participating in this month's MENA Lebanon Cuisine challenge also!
    This looks great and wish I could come through the screen and try! Pinned
    Cheers! Joanne What's On The List

    1. Thank you so much Joanne…

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