Since you are fasting during the long days of Ramadan, it’s important to intake a sufficient amount of dietary fiber at iftar. Make sure you choose wholesome and natural foods, that will provide your body with the proper nutrients and energy that it needs. Lentils are a powerhouse of both dietary fiber and protein, thus grant you satiety and keep you from experiencing cravings after your meal.
This lentil soup is loaded with vegetables that boost its nutritional value, without feeling like you are munching on celery just to reach your daily vegetable intake. Feel free to use butternut squash or sweet potatoes instead of the carrots for a twist to the flavor and natural sweetness. Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and a ton of other vitamins and minerals.
They balance your blood sugar levels, contain heart health benefits, and are also great for digestion. The best part about the soup is your capability of tossing in various vegetables, such as carrots and zucchini and blending it thereafter. Blending the soup until it’s smooth does not only make a creamy but also makes it more kids friendly as well. Enjoy this at your next family iftar for a delicious and satisfying appetizer.
7 cups of water
1 cup dried split red lentils, soaked
6 carrots, sliced
1 small onion, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons organic cold-pressed avocado oil
3 zucchinis, sliced
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
1 tablespoon Himalayan pink salt
1-2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Place water, lentils, avocado oil, and vegetables in a pressure cooker.
Add all spices except the fresh parsley. Stir slightly.
Cover properly and cook on high heat for about 20 minutes.
Once the pressure cooker whistles, leave on the stove for about 10 more minutes.
Turn off heat. Before opening the pot, make sure all the pressure is released.
Use a hand blender and carefully blend the soup until smooth and creamy.
Garnish with fresh parsley; serve warm.
Noor H. Salem is an author, speaker, and Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, from Michigan. Noor works with clients in better understanding their bodies and healing with natural foods through her wellness practice, Holistic Noortrition. She presents various workshops, school lectures, group coaching classes, and community lectures on the topic of holistic health. Noor recently published her book, SUNNAH SUPERFOODS, a culmination of life-changing recipes and remedies, with a foreword by Dr. Waleed Basyouni. Her book consists of prophetic hadith, modern research, and delicious recipes, and is in the process of being translated into other languages.