This Classic Arabic Lentil Soup is Perfect for Ramadan

Classic Arabic lentil soup
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
6-8 Servings

Ramadan is a month celebrated by Muslims across the globe — and it requires fasting from food and water from sunrise to sunset. Most Muslims wake up before sunrise to have a small meal and then break their fast with a few dates and this Arabic lentil soup at sunset. Breaking the fast with soup helps to prepare the stomach for the meal to follow and it includes a lot of nutrients. Soup is also rich in fluids, which are much needed after a long day of fasting. This specific recipe uses a few simple ingredients that add a depth of flavour — and it only requires a few minutes of hands-on time.



Tbsp vegetable oil
medium white onion, peeled and diced
medium potato, peeled and diced
1 ½
tsp salt
tsp cumin
tsp turmeric
tsp black pepper
1 ½
cups split red lentils
cups water
Lemon juice (optional)


Arabic lentil soup ingredients on countertop
Step 1

In a soup pot, add the vegetable oil along with the onions, potatoes and salt. Cook for a few minutes until they soften.

Step 2

Add the cumin, turmeric and black pepper to the onions and potatoes and continue to cook for a few minutes to toast the spices.

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Step 3

Wash and drain the lentils several times until clean. Add the lentils along with the water to the pot. Mix well, then cover and simmer on medium heat for 40-60 minutes. (Halfway through, taste and adjust the salt. Also, add more water if required, depending on the consistency you prefer).

Arabic lentil soup cooking in pot
Step 4

Remove from the heat once the vegetables have softened and serve with a squeeze of lemon on top.

Like Amina’s Arabic lentil soup? Try her Middle Eastern eggplant casserole or her curried Brussels sprouts.

Arabic lentil soup cooking in pot

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