This earthy and saucyflavored stew is surprisingly delicious and can easily stretch to feed a crowd as it's loaded with potatoes.
Marqa L'3dess مرقة العدس also called L'3dess (or ragoût de lentilles à l'Algérienne in French) is a traditional Algerian dish that is prepared mainly during the winter when it is cold.
The lentil soup is a legume rich in iron and very nutritious. Marqa L'3dess satiates the hungry belly well. At home, we add vegetables such as carrots or potatoes to make a complete dish that we accompany our homemade bread like Khoubz Matlouh or the Kabyle galette Kesra.
Unlike other beans, you don't need to soak them the day before to make them double in size. The lentils I prefer to use are the small French Puy that are extra small and thin, making them even easier to cook.
This is an easy and very tasty dish to prepare. Towards the end of cooking, I like to add a green pepper that will bring more taste to the sauce.