Vegetable Soup (Hasa Al-Khadr)

This is a simple and satisfying vegetarian vegetable soup from Iraq. I found the recipe on a website I belive is called, a collection of MIddle Eastern recipes. Everyone who has tried it has enjoyed it. I believe it is low in fat and calories, and it's simple to prepare. I did modify the original recipe slightly.

(Recipe makes 8 servings)
2   tablespoons olive oil (use the extra virgin if possible)
2 carrots, peeled and diced about 1/4 inch
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced about 1/2 inch
1 medium onion, diced
4 medium tomatoes, diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
7 cups vegetable broth (or mixed broth and water half and half)
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (a MUST)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1. Heat the oil in a 6 quart (or larger) saucepan on medium heat. Add carrots, onions, garlic and ginger. Stir-fry about 8 minutes.
2. Add potatoes, tomatoes and cilantro. Stir fry another 5 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer. Cover and cook about 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

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