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Moroccan Harira recipe

Moroccan Harira recipe


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  • Lamb soup

This hearty soup is a traditional dish that Moroccans use, to break the fast every night of Ramadan. It's a hearty soup with lamb, lentils, chick peas and pasta, which is spiced with cinnamon, turmeric and ginger.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 450g diced lamb
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 90g celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 (25g) pack fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1.7 litre water
  • 145g green lentils
  • 1 (410g) tin chick peas, rinsed, drained
  • 115g vermicelli
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 lemon, juiced

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:2hr30min ›Ready in:2hr45min

  1. Place the lamb, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, butter, celery, onion and coriander into a large soup pot over a low heat. Stir frequently for 5 minutes. Pour tomatoes (reserve juice) into the mixture and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Pour tomato juice, 1.7 litre water and the lentils into the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer. Let soup simmer, covered, for 2 hours.
  3. About 10 minutes before serving turn the heat to medium-high, place chick peas and spaghetti into the soup, let cook about 10 minutes (until spaghetti are al dente). Stir in lemon and eggs, let eggs cook 1 minute.

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Reviews in English (107)

beautiful soup, very authentic. copied it exactly except: (1) i blended onion/parsley/coriander/celery together and (2) added beef stock cube with water. i did add more water at end as soup was very thick and not too sure if lemon was needed at the end cos it took away from spices!-18 Aug 2010

Really enjoyed, but agree with first review re it was very very thick. We enjoyed it as a meal may try more liquid next time.-12 Mar 2016

Lemon and Eggs in Harira? I don't think so. I'm moroccan and cooking this soup for decades. Wheres the Salt and Pepper, where is the vegetable stock, this makes such a difference. I cook this for hours, just simmering before any tomatoes go in. A big old cinnamon stick is needed and carraway seeds... too many steps missing here.-17 May 2018