Can you believe Ramadan is just around the corner? This year, it will fall during the month of August – when it is blazing hot here in Abu Dhabi. Despite the heat, soup is still my favorite thing to break fast with. Aside from shourbat ads (crushed lentil soup), this recipe has won my heart as a Ramadan favorite. This Moroccan soup is the most decadent soup of all soups. It is reserved for special occasions, and is often considered a meal in itself. While your kitchen becomes filled with the delicate aromas of saffron and ginger, your stomach is warmed with the hearty combination of lentils, chickpeas, and lamb. I generally do not like lamb, but a nice cut of lean lamb, cooked well is incredibly tasty. I made this soup last week using cut sirloin cubes, and it was just as delicious – so feel free to substitute beef for lamb.
Although there are many different versions of this soup, this simplified version spares none of the original flavor. If you do not have a pressure cooker, you can cook this low and slow for about 1.5 hours, or until the meat is very tender. My Moroccan friend once told me to use a whole cup of chopped cilantro. I do think that cilantro is very important to this dish, but I know some of you think it tastes like soap, so you can use parsley (I use both). But dont skimp and used the dried stuff – use fresh greens!