Good morning Ramadan.
So it is officially the first day of Ramadan, therefore Ramadan Mubarak to all of you and your families 🙂
Since everybody breaks fast with soup to begin with, and since all of you have requested I post soup recipes for Ramadan, I thought to start with this original, hearty, warming and super delicious soup recipe: Brown Lentil Soup. Brown lentils are very similar in flavour to the classic red lentils. The difference is that they are a tad earthier, nuttier, stronger flavoured and have a bit of a bite to them. So while the red lentils will cook into a mushy softness, these will hold their shape and have a bit of a bite. You can process the soup after it’s done if you are looking for a smooth finish as with the red lentil soup, however, I find that keeping them whole as they are after being cooked, adds to the texture and therefore enhancing the overall experience. (A personal preference)
Brown lentils pair especially well with lime instead of lemon.
I recommend you serve this with wedges of lime on the side. The lime brings out the lentil and coriander flavour.
Instead of going for the traditional fried pita bread, why not try toasted brown or whole-grain bread. These go exceptionally well with this soup, and are healthier than fried bread. Grissinis or breadsticks are another fabulous option here and you can go for any variety you like, parmesan, olive and sundried tomato, plain, salted…etc. With that said my absolute favourite choice are a homemade garlic rubbed, herb crusted, toasted croutons.
Finally, you can add the fried coriander to the whole pot and stir to mix, or just a dollop in each serving. The latter is stronger in flavour though, if you are looking for a milder coriander flavour just mix in the big pot. The same applies to the DS Organic Green Shatta, which is essentially a green chili sauce. Use it only if you waish to give this heart soup a delicious kick of heat.
The use of whole spices instead of ground infuse the aromas into the soup rather than overpower its original flavours. Just place them in a spice pouch as it is easier to fetch out once done.