I debated between 3 stars and 4 stars because as is, it overwhelmed my taste buds a bit. Ultimately I chose 4 because I think I can easily make it into a truly enjoyable recipe. I made the recipe pretty much as stated, except the store here only carries the standard brown lentils. I also followed the advice of increasing the cumin, used 1 1/2 tbsp rather than 1. When I ate it, all I could really taste was the lemon. I could tell there were other flavors there, but the lemon was very over-powering (and I do like lemon). It's a very strongly flavored soup and needs something to cut it. One reviewer suggested serving it with a long grain rice (e.g. basmati), and I think I will try that tomorrow night. In future, I may do 2 tbsp of cumin and will definitely add only 1/2 cup of lemon juice and taste it before adding more.
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I debated between 3 stars and 4 stars because as is, it overwhelmed my taste buds a bit. ...