117. Lesotho: Spinach and Tangerine Soup

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Lesotho, a tiny tiny tiny country completely surrounded by South-Africa. Lesotho is a very mountainous country, hence it is often called The Mountain Kingdom. The entire country is at least 1000 meters above sea level. Which makes it the highest country in Africa.

And don’t think just because it’s Africa it’s hot. No way!! Up in the mountains, it gets pretty cold, but don’t worry you can buy traditional beanies everywhere! That’s not the only thing you can do up in those mountains. This might be is very touristy but they have donkey pub crawls!!! Imagine being completely wasted going from pub to pub on a freaking donkey!! That just sounds hilarious and totally something I would do with some friends!

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Things you didn’t know about Lesotho:

  • Lesotho is ruled by a constitutional monarchy and is one of the 3 remaining kingdoms in Africa. (The other are Morocco and Swaziland). King Letsi III is the reigning king of Lesotho since 1990.
  • Not many countries can say that their traditional dress is a blanket. The Basotho blanket is a very common sight in the kingdom of Lesotho, often with colorful patterns. The blanket is not only used to protect the Basotho against the cold but is also worn as a status symbol and cultural identification. Almost entirely made of wool, they protect very well against the harsh cold winter. Another typical feature is the woolen balaclava (which only leaves their eyes free) and the gumboots
  • Lesotho is home to the highest altitude pub in Africa in 2874 meters above sea level. It’s located right at the border with South Africa, and the end of the iconic Sani Pass (or the beginning if you come from Lesotho). A cold beer is very welcome when driving this scenic pass starting in South Africa and to top it all off, you’ll have an amazing view from the top (while sipping that cold beer).
  • You would not immediately associate Africa with snow, but Lesotho is home to the highest ski resort in Africa. Afriski is situated at 3050 meters above sea level.
    Lesotho has 28 airports. Only three of them have properly paved runways. Hold on tight…

Well, this was surprisingly good I never knew putting tangerine in a soup would be so amazing! A great meal for a healthy quick mid-week meal!!!

spinach tangerinesoup


  • 3 quarts chicken broth (vegetable stock if you want to keep it vegetarian)
  • 3 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb fresh spinach, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup yellow split peas
  • 3 teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • ⅔ cup rice flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 lb tangerines (or mandarins)
  • 1 bunch of flat parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 cups plain yoghurt
  1. The day before, rinse the split peas and soak them in a large bowl of cold water.
  2. The next day, bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large pot.
  3. Rinse and drain the split peas and add them to a pot with the simmering chicken broth. Cover and cook over high heat for 20 minutes. Add boiling water if necessary, if the level is below the initial level.
  4. Add the butter in a pan and sauté the onions for 5 minutes over medium heat until translucent.
  5. Sprinkle turmeric on the onions and stir constantly over low heat for one minute.
  6. Dilute the rice flour into a ½ cup of cold water and stir, then add this mixture to the onions and stir well. Pour this mixture immediately into the chicken broth.
  7. Add the spinach, parsley, half of the cilantro, the zest of 2 tangerines (or mandarins) and the juice of four.
  8. Cook for 20 minutes over low heat, stirring regularly.
  9. Serve in individual bowls, and pour 2 tablespoons of yogurt in the middle of the bowl and lightly sprinkle with cilantro


One thought on “117. Lesotho: Spinach and Tangerine Soup

    Maartje said:
    January 25, 2018 at 22:32

    Weer een origineel en leuk recept Margot, dank je wel.

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