Apparently this soup is Armenian. I do know apricots are a large part of certain Middle Eastern cuisines. So I understand its origins. I have made stuffed grape leaves with apricots and that was totally delicious as well.
Armenian Red Lentil Soup with Apricots
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 1/2 cups red lentils
5 cups chicken stock
3 plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped or a 1/2 cup canned tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Saute onion, garlic and apricots in olive oil. Add lentils and stock. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer about 30 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and season with cumin salt and pepper. Simmer for ten minutes more. Stir in lemon juice and blend 1/2 of soup in blender or use an immersion blender.