Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vegetarian Harira (hareera) Soup حريره

Harira is a Moroccan soup that is traditionally made with lamb/beef. My recipe is simple, delicious, and doesn't necessarily call for any meat/meat broth but you can use it if you want to!

1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, minced
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 handful brown lentils
1 handful red lentils
1 quart vegetable broth
1 large handful chickpeas (or half of a 15 oz. can)
1 handful vermicelli noodles
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1 can diced tomatoes, or 4 large tomatoes diced

- sauté onion in olive oil until golden brown, add carrots and celery and sauté for another 3 minutes or so.
- add lentils, broth, and spices. Bring to a boil, then simmer while covered for half an hour. Check on your soup, if it's too thick you can add more water or broth. Add chickpeas, vermicelli, cilantro, parsley, and tomatoes. Simmer for another half an hour and your soup should be ready!
- remember to add broth or water if the soup is too thick for your liking. You can also add a tablespoon or two of tomato paste to intensify the taste. There's no right or wrong way, be creative and enjoy :)

- to make this into a meal, you may like to make some couscous next to it and put a tablespoon or two in each bowl when you serve it.