Vegetable Soup (Barooddo Qudaar) Soupe de Légumes شربة خضار

Vegetable Soup (Barooddo Qudaar) Soupe de Légumes شربة خضار


We learned how to make this soup from Hooyo¹ Fadumo Abdulle (Abdullahi’s mother). Hooyo Fadumo is an amazing cook but her story with cooking did not have the greatest start. Actually, it began with an embarrassing experience. Even though born and raised in Mogadishu, she comes from a family of pastoralists (reer miyi). At 19 years of age and a newlywed, she knew nothing about the culture of her Bravanese husband. 

The job of preparing Bravanese foods was entrusted to a cook and things went smoothly until the day when the cook suddenly announced that she was leaving. Even though Hooyo Fadumo had never shown any interest in learning how to cook Bravanese food, she just shrugged it off. She told her husband (Abdullahi’s father) that there was nothing to worry about and that she can handle everything herself. She had seen the food preparation from a distance, but nevertheless, she felt very confident. Somalis have a phrase for this: waan daadshay (I am a master at it). It has resulted in many a disaster!

The next morning, she asked a relative to buy her “the fish with the small eyes and the little tail.” She remembered that the cooked fish was scored and she scored hers. She put a little oil in a cold pan and without waiting for it to heat up, she placed the fish in the pan. She kept flipping the fish but after 15 minutes, it was still soft. Unperturbed, she put the fish on a plate and with the biggest smile she could manage, placed it on the table in front of her husband.

He poked it with his fork and realized that the stomach was not removed from the fish and he mentioned it to her. She replied, “Does a fish have a stomach?” She felt utterly embarrassed and that night, while in bed, she thought to herself, “Never again!”

That marked the beginning of a journey with food and it culminated in her becoming a stellar cook.

¹Hooyo means mother in Somali


Nous avons appris à faire cette soupe avec Hooyo¹ Fadumo Abdulle (la maman d’Abdullalhi). Hooyo Fadumo est une très bonne cuisinière mais son histoire avec la cuisine a eu des débuts difficiles. En fait, elle commença par une expérience embarrassante. Bien que née et élevée à Mogadishu, elle vient d’une famille de pasteurs (reer miyi). A 19 ans et jeune mariée, elle ne connaissait rien de la culture de son mari Bravanais.

La tâche de préparer les plats Bravanais revenait à la cuisinière et tout ce passait bien jusqu’au jour où la cuisinière annonça subitement qu’elle quittait son poste. Même si Hooyo Fadumo n’avait jamais montré d’interêt à apprendre à cuisiner la nourriture Bravanaise, elle ne s’inquiéta pas. Elle dit à son mari (le papa d’Abdullalhi) qu’il n’avait pas à s’inquiéter et qu’elle pouvait s’en occuper toute seule. Elle avait assisté à la préparation de la nourriture de loin, mais toutefois elle se sentait très capable. Les Somalis ont une expression pour ça: waan daadshay (je gère). Il s’en est suivi de nombreux désastres!

Le lendemain matin, elle demanda à un proche de lui acheter “le poisson avec les petits yeux et la petit queue”. Elle se rappelait que le poisson cuisiné était incisé et elle ouvrit le sien. Elle mit un peu d’huile dans une poêle froide et sans attendre qu’elle chauffe, elle posa le poisson dans la poêle. Elle retournait sans arrêt le poisson mais après 15 minutes, il était toujours cru. Imperturbable, elle mit le poisson sur une assiette et avec un grand sourire, le présenta sur la table devant son mari.

Il le piqua avec sa fourchette et réalisa que les entrailles n’avaient pas étaient retirées du poisson et le lui dit. Elle répondit: “Les poissons ont des entrailles?”. Elle se sentit très embarrassée et cette nuit là, dans son lit, elle se jura, “Plus jamais!” C’était le début de son histoire avec la nourriture et elle culmina lorsqu’elle devint une cuisinière stellaire.

¹Hooyo veut dire mère en Somali


The vegetables - Les légumes


The vegetables cut into large chunks - Les légumes coupés en gros morceaux



(Tbsp is a tablespoon; tsp is a teaspoon)
(1 cup = 237 mL; 1 Tbsp = 15 mL; 1 tsp = 5 mL); all are level measurements

Yields 10 cups of soups

1 Large potato (or 2 small ones)
2 Carrots
2 Zucchini (courgettes)
2 Tomatoes
1 Onion
7 ounces (200 g) Green beans
3½ ounces (100 g) Fresh spinach
2 Garlic cloves
1½ Tbsp Vegeta seasoning mix (or 3 Knorr/Maggi bouillon cubes)
2 litres Water

Before serving, you can also add:
1 cup Milk or heavy cream
1 cup Grated parmesan cheese


Waxa loo baahan yahay:   

(QW waa qaaddo weyn – midda cuntada lagu cuno; qy waa qaaddo yar)
(1 koob = 237 mL; 1 QW = 15 mL; 1 qy = 5 mL)

Waxaad ka-sameyn kartaa 10 koob oo barooddo ah

1 Bataato (baradho) weyn (ama 2 laba yaryar)
2 Karooto
2 Zukiini
2 Yaanyo
1 Basal
200 g Digir cagaaran
100 g Isbinaasho cusboon (“fresh”)
2 Tuun (toon)
1½ QW Maraq qudaar Vegeta (ama 3 mukacab Knorr/Maggi)
2 litir Biyo

Waxaa ku-dari kartaa:
1 koob Caano ama Kareemo culus
1 koob Farmaajo Parmijaano la-xoqay



(cs est une cuillère à soupe; cc est une cuillère à café)
(1 mesure = 237 mL; 1 cs = 15 mL; 1 cc = 5 mL); mesures à ras

Pour 10 parts de soupe

1 Grosse Pomme de Terre (ou 2 petites)
2 Carottes
2 Courgettes (zucchinis)
2 Tomates
1 Oignon
7 onces (200 g) de Haricots Verts
3½ onces (100 g) d’Epinards Frais
2 Gousses d’Ail
1½ cs d’assaisonnement Vegeta (ou 3 bouillon cubes Knorr/Maggi)
2 litres d’Eau

Avant de servir, vous pouvez ajouter:
1 mesure de Lait ou de Crème Fraîche
1 mesure de Parmesan râpé

Steps for preparing the soup - Étapes pour préparer la soupe

1. Cut the vegetables into large chunks. 2. Place the vegetables, except the spinach and zucchini, in a 6-litre pot set on medium heat. 3. Add 2 litres of water. 4. Add the Vegeta or the bouillon cubes. 5. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat. 6. Add the spinach and zucchini, then cover and cook for 5 minutes. 7. Let the vegetables cool down before blending. 8. For best results, use a countertop blender. Blend in batches and make sure that the soup is not hot. 9. If you wish, add milk or heavy cream and grated parmesan cheese. Heat and serve.

1. Qudaarta gaballo waaweyn u-jarjar. 2. Digsi 6 litir qaada ku-rid. Ha ku-ridin isbinaashada iyo zukiinida. 3. Ku-dar 2 litir oo biyo ah. 4. Ku-dar maraq qudaarta Vegeta ama mukacabbaatka Maggi ama Knorr. 5. Dabool oo dab dhexdhexaad ah ku-kari muddo 15 daqiiqo. 6. Ku-dar isbinaashada iyo zukiinida. Dabool oo 5 daqiiqo dab dhexdhexaad ah ku-kari. 7. Dhig oo ha-qaboowdo qudaarta karsan. 8. Markay qaboowdo, kiskis u-shiid. Waxay ku sii fiican tahay in khallaat lagu shiido. 9. Haddaad jeceshahay, caano ama kareemo ku-dar. Waxaa kaloo ku-dartaa farmaajo parmijaano la-xoqay. Barooddada kululeey intaadan qaddimin.

1. Couper les légumes en gros morceaux. 2. Mettre les légumes, sauf les épinards et les courgettes, dans une marmite de 6 litres à feu moyen. 3. Ajouter 2 litres d’eau. 4. Ajouter le Vegeta ou les bouillon cubes. 5. Couvrir et cuire pendant 15 minutes à feu moyen. 6. Ajouter les épinards et les courgettes, puis couvrir et cuire pendant 5 minutes. 7. Laisser les légumes refroidir avant de les mixer. 8. Pour de meilleurs résultats, utiliser un blender. Mixer en plusieurs fois et s’assurer que la soupe n’est pas trop chaude. 9. Si vous le souhaitez, ajouter du lait ou de la crème fraîche et du parmesan râpé. Réchauffer et servir.

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45 Responses to Vegetable Soup (Barooddo Qudaar) Soupe de Légumes شربة خضار
  1. hussen
    July 12, 2012 | 5:39 am

    aad ayaad u mahad san tihiin illah ajir ha idinka siyo waa
    soup aad u macaan samentisana aad ayeey u fududahay
    dadalka aad umada somaliyeed ugu faiideyneysan waa ku mahad san tihin

    • A&L
      July 12, 2012 | 11:24 pm

      Adigaa mahadda mudan walaal. Qeyr badan ayaan kuu rajaynaynaa. Mahadsanid.

  2. Faynuus
    July 12, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    Even College student like myself can prepare this. Easy and affordable.
    Thank you guys so much and may Allah bless you guys in this life and the hereafter.

    • A&L
      July 12, 2012 | 11:50 pm

      You are most welcome. We are trying to cover the traditional recipes and some of them have many steps. However, we hope to post many easy and tasty recipes that are suitable for students. Thank you for the comment.

  3. Ayan
    July 12, 2012 | 4:29 pm

    Asalamu Aleykum my brother and sister,

    Thank you for posting this amazing and healthy dish. I personally was looking for how to make soups these days. I even borrowed some soup recipe books from my local library. In our culture (Somalians) we don’t have many vegetables or soup dishes. Thank you again and I hope you would post some more soup dishes in the future Isha-Allah. Jizzkallah Khayra Jizaa.

    • A&L
      July 13, 2012 | 12:02 am

      Wa’alaikum as-salaam sister Ayan.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment and thank you for letting us know your recipe preferences. We have a lot of soup recipes we hope to post in the near future.

  4. Ina wiil madar
    July 12, 2012 | 4:32 pm

    A&L, salaan sare iga gudooma. Runtii waa shurbo aad u fiican,fududday kariskeeddu islamarkaana nafaqadeedduna sareyso. Waxaana sharaf ii ah in si joogto ah cunto karinta uga barto kulliyadan All xawaash.

    • A&L
      July 13, 2012 | 12:17 am

      Waad ku-mahadsan tahay salaanta wacan. Waxaan ku-faraxsannahay inaad u-riyaaqday Xawaash. Waxaan rajeynaynaa inaad jeclaato waxyaabaha kale aan soo gelin doonno. Mahadsanid.

  5. Umu Yusra
    July 12, 2012 | 10:12 pm

    Asc wr wb? aad iyo aad ayaad u mahadsantihiin mahad aan lasoo koobi karin.
    Iga raali ahaada markasta waxaan is dhahaa bal qoraalka badan ka dhaaf aad ayay u mashquulsanyihiine hadana waxaan is arkaa un anigoo iska celin kari la’ oo wax qoraaya kuna dhahaaya naftayda maadaama aysan jirin wax kalood ugu abaal gudo ha kala bakhaylin mahadnaq inaad u gudbiso.

    Marka aad ayaan idiin salaamayaa waxaa kaloon salaamayaa hooyo Faadumo anoo idinka codsanayaa inaad naga gaarsiisaan salaan aad u qiimo badan, anoo ku hadlaaya magaca bahda Xawaash, aadna aan ugu faraxsanahay sheekada ay nala wadaagtay iyo maraqa caafimaadka badan karistiisuna ay fududahay.
    Khayr aan dhamaan iyo caafimaad taamm ah Illaahay ha siiyo hooyo Faadumo iyo idinkaba aamiin.
    Waad mahadsantihiin mar labaad iyo mar sadexaadba. Wa fii amaanilaah.

    • A&L
      July 13, 2012 | 12:40 am

      Wacalaykum assalaam waraxmatullaahi wabarakaatuh.
      Adigaa mahadda mudan walaasheenna qaaliga ah. Waad ku-mahadsan tahay sida joogtada ah aad noo xiriirisid. Waan jecelnahay qoraaladiinna, waana ku-mahadsan tihiin waqtigiinna qaaliga ah oo aad wax inoogu soo qortaan.

      Hooyo Faadumo salaanta wey idinka guddoontay waxayna idin leedahay waa inoo sheekooyin dambe oo badan. :)

  6. Umu Yusra
    July 13, 2012 | 1:36 am

    Maashaa Allaah. Can’t wait, gacmo furan ayaan kusoo dhawaynaynaa waliba anagoo aaaaad u xisaynyna.

  7. umu Akram
    July 13, 2012 | 9:00 am

    asc mansha alaah walaalayaal jazaakallaah kheyr sida aad mar walba inoogu faa´ideysaan waxaan jeclaan lahaa inaad inoo soo gelisaan sida loo sameeyo furunka dhaa dheer ee xaliifka u jar jaran oo bac yaalka ku xir xiran mahad sanidiin

    • A&L
      July 13, 2012 | 7:23 pm

      Wacalaykum assalaam waraxmatullaahi wabarakaatuh.
      Waad ku-mahadsan tahay faallooyinkaada. Hadduu Eebbe idmo waan soo gelin doonnaa rootiga dhaadheer. Mahadsanid.

      • luula
        July 14, 2012 | 7:54 am

        walal masha,allah lkn waxan rabaa kackac sida loo sameyo adiga oo mahadsan

        • A&L
          July 14, 2012 | 3:04 pm

          Hadduu Ilaahey yiraahdo waan soo gelin doonnaa ee wax yar inoo samra.

  8. Amina
    July 15, 2012 | 1:12 am

    Assalamu alaikum, I just discovered your page today and I am in love. May Allah reward you both for taking the time to post these. I can’t wait to try this recipe tmrw. Thank you again and keep up the good work.

    • A&L
      July 15, 2012 | 10:12 pm

      Wa’alaikum as-salam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
      Welcome on board. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  9. Fatima
    July 20, 2012 | 7:53 am

    Salaam Alaikum A&L! Ramadaan Kareem! May Allah accept our fasting. Thank you so much for all the new recipes. Waxa ku faraax sanahay! I smile the whole day when I visit your website!

    • A&L
      July 21, 2012 | 1:56 am

      Wa’alaikum as-salam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
      Thank you so much for letting us know how much you like You put a big smile on our face. God willing, we will do our very best to keep posting recipes that we hope you will like.

  10. Adriana
    July 21, 2012 | 8:14 pm

    What a beautiful, funny story:)

    I love creamy soups and can’t wait to try this one. Its Somali name sounds a lot better:) I’m not a big fan of zucchini and green beans, but I know their nutritious value and this is an excellent way to sneak them into my diet:) I’ll try a simple version and one with coconut milk. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

    PS I’m learning so much about Somalia from your stories and videos, that if I ever make it there it will feel like home:)

    • A&L
      July 22, 2012 | 2:28 pm

      The name ‘borooddo’ comes from the Italian word ‘brodo.’ Somalia was an Italian colony, therefore the Italian loan words.

      You can use any vegetables of your choice. However, based on our experience, the essential ingredients are beans and potatoes. They make the soup taste creamier. We normally use mung beans instead of the green beans and the soup turns out delicious. We didn’t have any in our pantry when we were making the soup.

      • Adriana
        August 1, 2012 | 10:43 am

        I am having this soup right now, it is simply amazing! I used coconut milk to keep it vegan and it turned out so delicious. I wouldn’t change anything to it, all the vegetables are used in the right amount to create this gorgeous flavour. It takes so little to prepare them and to cook the soup, that I’ll surely be making it again. Many thanks Hooyo Fadumo for passing on this recipe and thank you Abdullahi and Leila for sharing it.

        • A&L
          August 1, 2012 | 11:54 pm

          Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. It sounds amazing. We will try it with coconut milk next time.

  11. jahan
    July 22, 2012 | 7:03 am

    ASc,Thanks alot of the new recipes May Allah bless you,Ramadhan kareem!!!

    • A&L
      July 22, 2012 | 3:56 pm

      Ramadan Karim! Thank you for taking the to comment.

  12. Maidhane
    August 3, 2012 | 11:55 pm

    What a nice soup! Thank you very much. I feel nourished and enjoyed the taste and ease of doing it.

    Keep up the good work.

    • A&L
      August 4, 2012 | 7:08 pm

      Thank you for the nice comment and for your confidence in our recipes.

  13. istar
    August 7, 2012 | 1:30 am

    asc xabibti walhi aad ayan uga helay waana ku mahadsantahy waxan aad u radinayay kalamudo, god bless you abayo

    • A&L
      August 7, 2012 | 9:28 pm

      Wacalaykum assalaam waraxmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,
      Waa ku-mahadsan tahay faalladaada.

  14. musab
    August 7, 2012 | 10:53 am

    this dish is very delicious and very tasty and affordable may allah bless you and give you a very long life

    • A&L
      August 7, 2012 | 9:57 pm

      Thank you very much for your nice compliment. God bless you.

  15. Somali
    August 12, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    All I can say is, ducadaan Allaha idiin aqbalo. Shaqadaad heysaana waa mid sharaf leh, lagana faa’iidaayo. Walaalayaal for the sake of the generations to come, please publish this work.

    Appreciative of your work.

    Walaalkiin Somali ah.

    • A&L
      August 12, 2012 | 3:43 pm

      Aad ayaa ugu mahadsan tahay faallada xamaasadda leh. Hadduu Ilaahey yiraahdo waxaan ku-dadaalaynaa inaan e-book ka-dhigno. Mahadsanid walaal.

  16. sahro muse
    August 22, 2012 | 8:49 pm

    after many many tries, i finally got it right.thank you so much.because of your reciepe my children love thank you!

    • A&L
      August 22, 2012 | 10:06 pm

      You are most welcome. We are happy we could help. Thank you for your comment.

  17. roda
    January 15, 2013 | 7:17 am

    asc walaalayal runtii aad baan uga helay alaabta aadka uqiimaabadan ee aad noosoo diyaarisee walalaayaal ilaahay hadin barakeeyo oo khayr iyo xasanaad haydinka siiyo dadaalkiina aan kalagoa lahayn ee aan nuugu jirtaan aad iyo aad baad u mahadsantihii walaaloyaal ajar iyo xasanaad ilaah haydinsiiyo intaa kadib, walalo laba suaalood ? walalo 1 qudaarta aad shiideen biyii lagu kariyey saa la oranayaa suaasha ? 2 labaad caanaa lagu darayaa waa noocma , walalo biyo
    se malagu darayaa , hadii lagudarayo biyo ilaa intee inleeg baalagudarayaa ,walalayaal run ahaantii aad baan suaalaa idiin ku badiyee aad iyo aad raali iiga ahaada ilaahay raali haydin ka noqdee walalayaal wasalaama calaykum waraxmatulaahi wa barakatu.

    • A&L
      January 15, 2013 | 5:06 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Walaal Roda, waan ku faraxnay faallada qiimaha badan aad inoo soo qortay. Adigana qayr badan ayaan Eebbe kaaga baryaynaa. Midda koowaad su’aalaha badan waan jecelnahay, sababtoo ah waxaan ku ogaannaa inaad isticmaalaysiin website-ka. Midda labaad qudaarta biyihii lagu kariyay oo dhan ayaa lagu shiiday, kaddibna caanaha caadiga ah ama kuwa subaga wax yar laga saaray 2% ayaad ku darsan kartaa. Biyo kale uma baahna in lagu daro. Haddaad su’aal kale qabtid nala socodsii. Mahadsanid walaal.

  18. roda
    January 16, 2013 | 7:10 am

    asc wr wb walalyaal runtii ma aqaan waxaan idiinku abaalgudo dadaal kiina iyo hawl qabadkiina maaha wax la soo koobikaro runtii aad baad noo farxad geliseen ilaahay haydika farxiyo oo haydinka raali ahaado khayr iyo guul iyo farxad baan idiin rajeynayaa walaalayaal dadaal kiinana halkaa ka siiwada wsc wr wb .

    • A&L
      January 16, 2013 | 3:37 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Inaad ka faa’iidaysataan oona ku faraxasan tihiin ayaa abaalgud inoo ah. Adigana intaad noogu ducaysay iyo in ka badan ayaan Ilaahey kaaga baryaynaa. Aad iyo aad ayaa u mahadsan tahay.

  19. saida
    January 17, 2013 | 8:21 pm


    • A&L
      January 17, 2013 | 8:39 pm

      Thank you.

  20. Abshireey
    April 24, 2013 | 5:29 pm

    Bisinka walaahi waa ka cabsoo. Delicious cajiib ah oo hadana aan dhib laga mareeynin waaye. Thanks guys I love this website walaahi. So far waxaan bartay 2 ditsh. Maraqan iyo bariis udgoon. Out come waxuu noqday very very very delicious. I try another ones soon.

    • A&L
      April 27, 2013 | 12:05 am

      Mahadsanid walaal. Waan ku faraxnay inaad jeclaatay.

  21. khada
    August 21, 2013 | 10:08 am

    MashaAllha Ajar iyo xasanaad badan Allaha Ha idin ka siiyo waad noo faa idaysseen aad idinku mahad celinayaa waad naga farxissen

    • A&L
      August 21, 2013 | 11:52 pm

      Aad iyo aad ayaa u mahadsan tahay walaal. Waan ku faraxnay inaad jeclaatay.

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We are a husband and wife team and we live in Canada. In a world full of food complications, we make cooking very simple. Our recipe videos will make your cooking easy, relaxed and enjoyable. We bring you the foods we love from Somalia and from around the world.