The harira is a very popular soup in all Morocco.
It is a very hearty/filling soup, eaten usually in the morning during the Ramadan in order to fast until the sunset.
You can find it easily in the main square of Marrakech for only 3 dirhams per bowl.
It is very comforting and welcomed during the winter months.
Try it, you will see!
For 4 people
- 150g of cooked (or canned) chickpeas
- 80g of cooked lentils
- 5 tomatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- a few sticks of celery
- a bunch of chopped cilantro
- a bunch of chopped parsley
- a teaspoon of tomato paste *optional*
- 1/2 cup of corn flour
- 1 tsp of ginger
- 1/4 tsp of black pepper
- 1/2 tsp of turmeric
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- the juice of half of a lemon *optional*
- salt to taste
Blend together the tomatoes, onion and garlic, just enough to mince roughly.
Then, in a large pot, put some olive oil to heat slowly and add the tomato mix, the spices and the tomato paste and stir it for a minute.
Add the lentils and the chick peas. Stir again.
Now, pour 1 liter of water to the pot and bring to a boil for 10 mins. Sprinkle the corn flour into the mix. Stir very well while boiling until it thickens. You can add more flour if you like it thicker.
Once you have reached the right consistency, turn off the stove and add the parsley, cilantro and the lemon juice.
stir and serve immediately.