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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lentil Shrimp Soup (Ginisang Lentil)

A good substitute for ginisang munggo, lentil is faster to cook and tastes and feels almost like mung beans.

1-1/2 cups of lentils
3 tbsp oil
3 clovces garlic, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced,
2-3 medium tomatoes, sliced
1/2 lb shelled shrimps (or more, if you like)
2 cups chicken broth (or as desired
dash of ground basil
a bunch or a package of spinach
salt and pepper to taste

Wash lentils and soak for at least 30 minutes (up to one hour) with water double the amount of the lentils. Drain.

Heat oil and sautee garlic, onions and tomatoes. Add the lentils and broth; simmer for 10 minutes (or until lentils are soft enough for you; I prefer mine with a little resistance). Season with salt and pepper as necessary. Add a dash of ground basil.

During the last two minutes of cooking, add the shrimps and stir until shrimps turn pink. Turn the heat off. Add the spinach and stir to wilt. Enjoy with plain rice.


  1. This looks like a great substitute for mongo! Delicious!

  2. Hi TN,
    It is! And since cooking time is much less than mongo (which I cook for 30 mins aside from soaking 30 mins), I think I would be preparing more of this lentil soup instead of ginisang munggo.

  3. hi, manang! this looks really delish! i will try this for sure. thanks for posting!

  4. Lentils are a great substitute, even for meat! Looks good, Manang. I hope you don't mind but I'd love to direct Foodista readers to your blog. Just add your choice of widget and you're all set!

  5. I have been reading for months. Thank you so much for the effort and time you put into posting your recipes, especially the husband and kid approved ones. I have a blended family as well, and before reading your blog, I often cooked separately for myself. About the lentils, which kind do you prefer? I went to buy them and there were many kinds. I have never bought before.

  6. HI Richelle,
    Thanks for the note of appreciation!
    I have only seen one type of lentils so far (just labeled as "lentil" on the package) so I am not sure what type this is. I can describe, though, that it is pale greenish yellowish in color when uncooked.


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