I love soup!

Assalaamu alaikum

Who else can eat soup all day long? I can have it for lunch and supper and for a snack in between! I love eating it, I love making it and along with making bread and hanging up the washing it makes me feel like I am part of an ancient sisterhood which has done those simple tasks for thousands of years.

I was thinking about it… all through the ages…people of different cultures have their own version. There are so many variations of combining vegetables, meat/pulses and water to make soup. Whether you are rich or poor people make, eat and enjoy soup.

Here is my recipe for Chicken, leek and barley soup.

This Recipe is very easy you can use what ever ratios you like.


  • 2 pieces of chicken with bone. I used a large breast piece cut up.
  • 2 leeks (sliced)
  • 2 ribs celery(sliced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 2 potatoes or sweet potatoes (grated)
  • few cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 litre chicken stock (you can use chicken stock powder )
  • 2 cups barley  (boil for a 30 minutes or soak overnight)
  • optional:1 cup dried peas (I like this but you can substitute any pulse you enjoy or just add more barley)
  • fresh thyme
  • Bay leaf
  • Ground black pepper


  • Heat pot and add a bit of olive oil/butter, add leeks, celery, carrot and garlic.
  • Then add chicken, salt to taste, thyme, bay leaf and black pepper.
  • Add chicken stock and pulses
  • Add grated potato
  • Let simmer until thick and yummy, stirring occasionally
  • Remove chicken and flake the meat off the bones and discard bones and return chicken to pot
  • Check for seasoning add more salt and pepper if you need
  • Also check if you need to add more water/stock

Serve with some crusty bread (Recipe to follow insha Allah)




  1. Umm Suhailah says:


    As salaamu alaikum!!!!

    Ur blog is still very pretty lol! I made one time in my entire life and that was yesterday lol. I never thought to make soup before. I will try more soup dishes Inshaa’Allaah. Do you make your own bread to go with it. I’m trying to make a no yeast bread- I think bread goes well with soups :). Nice pics! Mashaa’Allaah

    • Umm Imaan says:

      Wa alaikum Salaam Warahmatullahi wabarakatu Umm Suhaila 🙂
      How are you? i hope you and your family are well.
      Shukran 🙂 I am a lover of pink and pretty things. lol!

      Soup’s great, it helps that the girls and hubby love it too. Its healthy, filling and frugal 🙂
      Yes I made the bread in the pic. I used to make bread on special occasions like Eid morning but I found this amazing recipe that I want to share with you (insha Allah) because it make it so easy! I just need to find the time!

      Just saw you posted and need to pop over to your blog before Sakeeena wakes up insha Allah


  2. I ADORE soup! Your recipe looks scrumplicious ma shaa Allah 🙂

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