This is a recipe which strangely pulled together in the end. I started off with a bit more broth than called for. My lentils didn't seem to be getting soft and I was losing all my liquid, so I added another can... and another can ... and still they didn't get as soft as I would have liked. I doubled the cumin which, had I not added the extra two cans, I would have definitely regretted, but since I DID add the extra broth the extra cumin was fine. I used a can of petite diced tomatoes since that is what I had on hand. At first I emulsified about 3/4 of the soup but the lentils that weren't emulsified were NOT soft enough so I did the rest. It tasted okay, but not great, and then I remembered the lemon juice. THATs where things got strange. The addition of the lemon juice completely turned my "okay" soup into a "really really good" soup. Go figure. I'll make it again, probably, but never for guests (b/c the end result looked kind of like dog food). BTW, the apricots all but disappeared... I never tasted one. Oh, and it fed 2 adults and one child with only a small bowl left, so if you're feeding more than that double the recipe!
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This is a recipe which strangely pulled together in the end. I started off with a bit more...