Burundi Inspired Lentil Soup Recipe


Once a month, my fiancé and I get together with a few friends to share and enjoy our new cooking recipes. We always have a designated country from which most of the recipes come. Last weekend, the chosen country was Burundi, an eastern African country. Based on Wikipedia, “Burundi is one of the five poorest countries in the world”. Maybe because of this, it was extremely hard to find Burundian cooking recipes. After some digging and researching, I stumbled upon a simple lentil soup recipe that inspired me to come up with the following easy to make and very yummy recipe.

Burundi Inspired Lentil Soup Recipe


1 ½ pounds of skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite-sized pieces)

1 small bag of brown lentils (450 grams)

1 large onion (chopped)

¼ head of green cabbage (shredded)

4 medium-sized carrots (diced)

4 medium-sized sweet potatoes (diced)

2 cans of chicken broth (14 OZ each)

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

1 teaspoon of chopped garlic

A few pinches of salt and black pepper

Cooking Instruction:

Heat the oil, chopped onion and garlic on medium heat in a good-sized pot for 15 seconds and add the chicken.

Stir fry the chicken for 2 minutes and add the diced carrots and sweet potatoes.

Continue to stir fry for 2 minutes and add the chicken broth.

Use one of the chicken broth cans to add 4 cans of water to the mix.

Add the lentils and continue cooking on medium high heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the lentils are soft. Add more water to the mix if it is too dry due to evaporation. Add salt to taste. The finished soup should be slightly thick.

Sprinkle with black pepper and serve.