Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Harira is an authentic Moroccan soup. It is usually prepared during the month of Ramadan, a month of fasting from dawn to sunset for Muslims. It is a very energizing soup after a day of fasting, as it is nutrient-rich and delicious. It is also very suitable for vegans and vegetarians. This recipe is very popular in my country and can be prepared quickly. The recipe below will serve 4 to 6 people.
- 700g of tomato sauce or diced tomato
- 1 finely chopped onion
- Finely chopped parsley
- A bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped
- 100g of canned chickpeas
- 50g lentils (preferably pink)
- 50g rice or vermicelli
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of tomato paste
- 2 liters of water
- The juice of half a lemon (optional)
- Spices: 2 teaspoons of turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of ginger and 2 teaspoons of salt.
- 50g flour mixed with a little water to thicken the soup at the end of the preparation.
Step 1: In a pan, put the olive oil, onion, parsley and celery and saute. Add lentils, chickpeas, tomato sauce with tomato paste and spices (turmeric, pepper, ginger and salt). It is a good idea to also add a pinch of cinnamon; it gives an extraordinary flavor to the soup.
Step 2: Mix everything with a good amount of water (2 liters), cover and cook until the soup is tender. Once the mixture is cooked, leave the pan on the heat and add some rice or vermicelli.
Step 3: Add the flour mixture gradually until it becomes creamy and continue stirring to prevent the flour from sticking.
Step 4: Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Step 5: When cooked, add the lemon juice (optional).
This soup is very healthy, because it is a good source of vitamin A and folate (Vitamins B-9). Drinking Harira soup regularly boosts the immune system and promotes a healthy skin.