Harira soup recipe
- Cuisine: Moroccan
- Serves 4-6
Harira is a soup traditionally eaten during the holy month of Ramadan to break the daily fast, which begins at dawn and ends at sunset. It’s also served on special occasions, such as the morning after a wedding. Rice and noodles are commonly added to harira to bulk it up and make it suitable for an everyday meal. Soak the chickpeas overnight.
500g lamb shoulder, untrimmed, cut into 1cm pieces
2 onions, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, cut into 1cm pieces
1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve
1 tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp ground ginger
1 generous pinch of saffron threads, soaked in 1 tbsp hot water
1.2kg truss tomatoes, peeled, seeded, puréed
75g (½ cup) dried chickpeas, soaked overnight, rinsed, drained
½ cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley, including stalks
50g (⅓ cup) dried green lentils, rinsed, drained
½ lemon, juiced, plus lemon wedges, to serve
⅓ cup finely chopped coriander leaves
PreparationMelt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add lamb, onions, celery, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and saffron with soaking liquid, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until lamb is browned.
Add puréed tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the mixture has slightly thickened. Add the chickpeas, half the parsley and 1.25L water, then bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, partially covered and stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes. Add lentils and cook for a further 45 minutes or until lentils and chickpeas are tender.
Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and lemon juice. Add egg mixture and remaining parsley to harira and stir to combine; the eggs will form small white strands. Remove harira from heat and season.
Divide harira among bowls, scatter over coriander and sprinkle with cinnamon to taste. Serve immediately with lemon wedges to squeeze over.
Photography by Anson Smart.
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