This months recipe, Shorba Ads (Lentil Soup), came to me from my Egyptian friend, Fatma "Hatti" Slaton. I first met Hatti on the internet while chatting with my Egypt-loving group of friends and really enjoyed getting to know her. Hatti is a very warm and fun-loving friend. We met in person when a group of us who love Egypt, decided to meet in Cairo and take a trip together in 1999.
Being a very gracious Egyptian woman, Hatti (which is short for Hatshepsut) helped me find my galabeya during our Nile cruise and then helped all of the girls in our group get ready for the on-board Galabeya Party that night, arranging our scarves and giving us that perfect exotic look with the eyeliner and eye shadow.
Alf shukr, habebti Hatti, for the great memories!!!
Hattis Shorba Ads
* 2 cups red (yellow-orange colored) lentils
* 7 cups water
* 1 large onion chopped
* 4 cloves of garlic, sliced or minced
* large carrot, shredded
* 1 tablespoon flour
* cup olive oil or butter
* Salt & Pepper to taste
* teaspoon cumin
* Juice of one lemon
Place washed and picked over lentils, carrots and chopped onions in water and simmer covered for one hour. Mix oil, flour, salt and spices in a bowl. Add cup soup to mixture and stir well. Pour the mixture into the soup and let simmer until the lentils are well cooked and the soup is creamy. Add lemon juice and simmer 5 more minutes. If desired, garnish with lemon slices. Makes 6 servings.