I spent the summer of 2007 doing study abroad in Cairo. A pescetarian at the time, with a tenuous grasp on spoken Arabic and complete & utter ignorance of written Arabic, my dining options were somewhat limited: my diet was heavy on kushari, fuul, falafel & endless honey-laden sweets. (Or french fries, ice cream & American chain restaurant food when I was feeling homesick.)
In the brutal summer heat, I often desired something a bit lighter, and on those occasions I opted for lentil soup. Upon returning home, it became a mainstay in my repertoire. The recipe below makes 4-6 servings.