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Recipe type: Soup
Harira is a Moroccan food recipe of meat and lentil soup.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lb lean chicken or lamb, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 white onions, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 cup chicken stock
  • ¾ cup dried red lentils, soaked overnight
  • 16 oz can tomatoes, chopped,
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¾ cup canned chickpeas, drained
  • 1 cup angel hair pasta, broken up
  • 1 egg, beaten with juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon, cut into thin wedges
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add meat and saute 5 minutes or until lightly browned on all sides. Add garlic, onions, celery, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and salt. Stir well and saute 5 minutes longer. Remove meat to a platter and set aside.
  2. Add stock to pot and bring to a boil. Drain lentils and rinse well. Add lentils and meat to pot. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer 1 hour.
  3. Add tomatoes, cilantro, and parsley. Simmer uncovered 20 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. If soup looks too thick, add 1 cup water.
  4. Add chickpeas and pasta. Simmer 20 minutes, or until all ingredients are tender. Stir in beaten egg and lemon juice, cook 1 minute longer, and serve immediately.
  5. Garnish with lemon wedges, cilantro, and parsley.

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