Lentils and fava beans are staples of the Egyptian diet and can really be turned into a snack or a meal at any time of day! Fool mudammas (Fava beans) has been called the “national treasure” of Egypt in an article about Egyptian food in the Toronto Star.
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 cup carrots
2 cups red lentils
8 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 tbsp cumin, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
optional: add some tomato puree to deepen the color of the soup
fresh lime or lemon juice, olive oil
Brown the onions in a large pot with some oil. Add the garlic for a short time, careful not to burn it. Add all the other ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until lentils are cooked. With an immersion blender, puree the soup.
I like to serve it with some chopped tomatoes, green onions and cilantro.
Lemon or lime juice and olive oil are always drizzled on each individual plate to taste.
Enjoy with pita bread.