Sand Storm and rainy weather in Doha: Arabic lentil soup
For the last week in Doha we have been experiencing very strange weather. From crazy rain showers the one day that has the whole city in absolute chaos due to flooded roads to sand storms the next. On sand storm days you can barely put your foot out of the door before every nook and cranny is covered in dust. So on these days I turn the A/C extra high, put on my favourite sweater and cook soup! Makes me long for winter.
One of the soups that I learned to love here in Doha is Arabic style lentil soup, you can find it on any restaurant menu. This soup is usually served during the month of Ramadan. Right after the fast is broken with dates and juice they move into enjoying a bowl of lentil soup.
For this soup you will find as many recipe as there are Arab family’s and each family having their own way of serving it with their garnishes – drizzle of olive oil, crispy Arabic bread croutons, chopped parsley or lemon wedges.
Our favourite way of enjoying this soup is with a ‘gourmet’ style homemade garlic bread.
Using you favourite type of bread (we like to buy a mini brown baquette) slice it into 1.5 cm slices but take care not to cut right through. Mix butter with loads of chopped garlic, chopped parsley, some grated strong cheese (parmesan, gruyere or mature cheddar) and salt. Fill the slices generously with garlic butter, wrap the bread in aluminium foil and place in the oven till the butter is melted and the crust is crispy Enjoy!