I started a good few hours before the fast was to end, so the final cooking with vegetables shouldn't take long. When I checked softness and wasn't satisfied, I added more boiling water and boiled them on the stove a short time. After again letting it sit, I could easily see that they were soft and ready.
Then a couple of hours before I wanted to serve the soup, meaning break the fast, I added cut up:
- a generous "splash" of vegetable oil