Middle Eastern Lentil Soup Recipe

A hearty Ramadan Classic!

For most Muslims this Ramadan, their Iftar table will probably feature a soup everyday on the menu. Not only is this a tradition, but breaking your fast on soup is not only easy on your digestive system, but the fluids will help hydrate your body after a long day of fasting. Soups are packed with healthy ingredients and vitamins especially if you avoid using too much cream or fat. Lentil soup is a classic, not only does it taste good, its super healthy and a perfect starter for your Iftar, we even like putting our Fatoosh salad directly in our soup bowls for added tanginess!

This recipe is super easy and there are no strict rules, so get creative and add your own flavors to mix it up if you feel like it.  This recipe is also vegetarian friendly.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup onion roughly chopped
  • 1 cup red lentils (washed)
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 4 carrots roughly chopped
  • 2 cubes vegetable stock
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 table spoon cumin
  • 1 tea spoon turmeric

Method:

In a pot cook garlic, onions, carrots and spices in olive oil. Next add lentils and cook for a bit before adding water. Add about 5 cups (or more) of water along with the vegetable stock. Cover and simmer over low/medium heat until carrots are soft and lentils are cooked. Next allow the soup to cool a little before adding hand mixer and pureeing the soup to a creamy consistency.

Serve with a squeeze of lemon and some parsley.

And that’s it, the most important thing is to share it with someone you love, Ramadan Mubarak folks!

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