Since many of us have a new Ramadan resolution to eat less and pray more this year, it seems like a good idea to focus on soup for our Iftar meal. I am personally tired of boring old lentil soup and chicken she3reya so the idea of new nontraditional soups really appeals to me.
Here are ten soups I bet you’ll want to make this Ramadan:
If you’ve ever had Vietnamese food before, then you must have had a bowl of deliciously aromatic Pho. Consisting of a clear broth, various herbs, some kind of meat and long strands of silky noodles, the experience of slurping this noodle-ful soup is equally as wonderful as it tastes.
The name Gazpacho conjures up visions of a sparkling Spanish beach, and that is exactly where it originated. Its cool, raw ingredients make it a perfect summer soup.
3- French onion soup
Not so uncommon but I had to share it anyway. If you have the patience of a saint then by all means start caramelizing a ton of onions right this minute. With its rich deep brown broth topped with buttered bread and melted Gruyere, this soup is a meal unto itself.
4- Mulligatawny soup
Some of the most delicious foods are the result of a fusion of two cuisines, and Mulligatawny soup is no exception. This Indian inspired English soup is spiced with curry among other good things.
5- Pasta e Fagioli
Italian food is known for its crowd pleasing, hearty ingredients and this soup in particular is a big favourite among adults and children alike. Fresh tomatoes make a base for this bright soup full of beans and small pasta shapes (ditalini).
Tender meatballs are simmered in a clear consommé with vegetables such as carrots and potatoes in this Mexican comfort food.
7- Peanut soup
This African inspired soup is a real treasure. There are several slightly different versions of it but the peanuts are the real stars of this dish.
8- Soto Ayam
Next time you crave chicken noodle soup I urge you to try it with this Indonesian twist. Made with freshly boiled chicken, turmeric, healthy aromatics and ginger, this soup deserves the title of Superfood.
9- Taco Soup
Imagine the inside of a taco in soup form. This Mexican favourite is full to the brim with ground beef, corn, red kidney beans and chilies, and then topped with shredded cheese and sour cream.
10- Swedish/Egyptian fruit soup
Just in case you’re still craving soup for dessert, here is a sweet one with dried apricots, prunes, raisins and various other dried fruit in delicious syrup spiced with cinnamon. The Egyptian version “Khoshaf” includes nuts and is traditionally served in Ramadan.