Middle Eastern Lamb and Spinach Soup

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep
20 mins
Cook
1 hr 15 mins

Versions of this are cooked in many parts of the Mediterranean area--Greece, West Asia and North Africa. Before juicing, I microwave the lemons about 20 seconds to increase the amount of juice. If you prefer, oregano can be substituted for the mint.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. In a large pan, saute the chopped onion in 2 Tbs oil until golden.
  2. Add the turmeric, split peas and 5 cups water; bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Combine the lamb and grated onion. Shape into walnut-sized balls with your hands.
  4. Add meatballs to the pan and simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Add the spinach, cover and simmer 20 more minutes.
  6. Mix rice flour with 1 cup cold water to make a smooth paste. Slowly add the paste to the pan, stirring constantly.
  7. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and cook over low heat 20 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, saute the garlic in 1 Tbsp oil in a small skillet until golden. Stir in mint and remove from heat.
  9. Remove the soup from the heat and stir a little bit into the beaten eggs, then stir the eggs back into the soup.
  10. Sprinkle the garlic and mint over the top of soup before serving. Serve hot.