Stay warm and full with this classic dish, a helping of lentils in every bite.
It's one of the most ancient recipes in the world. The Torah tells how Esau returned from hunting in the fields, starving. He finds his brother Jacob cooking a pot of red lentil stew. Esau is so hungry, he agrees to give up his birthright in exchange for some soup.
Now, I wouldn't say this soup is quite worth giving up your right to your family's inheritance, but it is pretty tasty. With a rich tomato base and a hearty helping of lentils in every bite, this is the perfect dinner for a cold snowy night. While it's tasty just like this, this is also a great base recipe to create your own variations: stir in some shredded chicken, spice it up with chili pepper flakes or throw some rice into the mix (you'll have to up the water content). Let your imagination go wild!
Amy Spiro is a journalist and writer based in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the Jerusalem Culinary Institute's baking and pastry track, a regular writer for The Jerusalem Post and blogs at bakingandmistaking.com. She also holds a BA in Journalism and Politics from NYU.