Moroccan Harira Soup

By DK on Sep 28, 2009
Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe
If someone asked us to move our house pronto, all hell would sure break out. And no - it would surely not be cos of all our possessions in the whole of our house (well except one). The number of items in my kitchen alone would be enough to cause us all the headache! And if you thought, I am talking about kitchen appliances, you would be wrong again! Its my pantry and food items that would pose a problem! My husband challenges me that he can pack the rest of the house in half the time than it would take me to pack my kitchen items alone. I am not even talking about fastness or energy here! Having  had enough of the taunts , I decided not to buy any major items until I emptied out my pantry.
Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe
So cleaning and finishing of the umpteenth half and quarter packets of unused ingredients has been the mantra for a while now and one small leftover packet which consisted of exactly 1/4 cup (!!) of green lentils was the meal's highlight. Its inevitable that the minute I mention green lentil quite a few foodies would have thought of Moroccan Harira. Its a traditional soup where it is mostly prepared during Ramadan as a meal to break the fast. This lentil and tomato soup is so hearty that I have survived most of my lunches just on this soup. The legumes (chickpeas and green lentils) along with vermicelli (or you can add rice) is protein rich and keeps you full all day long. Its immensely simple to make. I have tried quite a few variations of this soup and  finally have come to like this version from Vegetarian Times magazine with few changes from my end. The editor writes " This traditional soup is thickened with a tadouira - a mixture of flour,tomato paste and cilantro - and served with lemon wedges."  Now to the recipe-
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min to 1 hour
Serves: 2 people
Yield: Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as main course
  • For the Base
  • 1/4 cup green lentils
  • 1/4 cup cooked chickpeas (soaked overnight and cooked. Or simply use canned chickpeas)
  • 1 onion,chopped
  • 1/4 ground ginger
  • 1/2 '' cinnamon stick
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped (or you can use canned chopped tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup Vermicelli
  • generous sprigs of parsley and cilantro
  • few lemon wedges for garnish
  • salt to taste (if needed)
  • Tadouira
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • few sprigs of cilantro,chopped
In a skillet, add 1/4 tsp oil, add the onions and little of cilantro and cook until soft.
Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe
Add the chopped tomatoes along with other seasoning like ginger,cinnamon stick etc and cook until soft
Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe
Add about 2 to 2-1/2 cups of water along with lentils, close the lid and cook until lentils turn soft - anywhere between 15-25 minutes.
Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe
Add vermicelli ( more water/stock if needed - the vermicelli will thicken the soup). Season with little salt. Cook until vermicelli is soft . Add cooked/canned chickpeas
Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe
Alternatively make the tadouira. Combine all the ingredients given under it to make a paste.
Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe
Add it to the soup and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve hot garnished with the herbs.
Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe
You can squeeze some lemon juice on top or else simply serve them as wedges for your guests. Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe
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16 Responses to “Moroccan Harira Soup”
  1. mrs bature

    Am salivating already,d recipe is simple,am sure is goin to b yummy,wil definately try it.thnx,I like d ingredients!

  2. zeb

    DK,can u plz specify what green lentils are???i mean may be a different name for the lentil…Thanx

  3. I made a similar stew and it is now one of my favorite soups! Take a look at my post This Stew goes well with white wine.

  4. Made this a couple of days ago and my folks loved it.Thanks a lot for the lovely recipe dear..

  5. One of the best soups out there, we don’t eat it alot but when we do we really enjoy it. My friend makes the best version and I often ask her when she will be making it next.

  6. Wow.. the soup is such a treat for the eyes. :) Looks divine. You have a brilliant blog on the whole. I am absolutely impressed and sure to be here often :)

    Dear Nithya, Thank you for your kind words. Appreciate them a lot :) — DK

  7. Great looking click and healthy click.I am still at a loss when it comes to kitchen -not sure which items I have purchased (including around 20 different pasta pkts) ,what gadgets are where and one bedroom is converted to a store -you can imagine.Nice to know about you too .I was thinking about ksra bread that you had posted earlier.Will surely be doing it thgh for the event it is another bread from me (if it turns out nice ie) Great soup DK

  8. Feel like gulping right now…..very yum and love that easy pictorial…

  9. Such a filling and comfort soup na..we just love it..

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  11. Soup looks divine DK. My husband says exactly the same thing abt the stuff in our kitchen. He will be in for a huge surprise when we receive the mini donut pan that I ordered from Amazon.. shhhhh!!!!!!! one more utensil to add to my ever expanding collection.

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