Harira Soup

Harira is a comforting Moroccan soup made with dried legumes — lentil, chickpeas, and beans it is traditionally cooked with lamb or lamb broth, but this version is vegetarian. I have made this speedy and easy Harira version with a packet of 10 mixed beans that I found in the store next door. But you are not limited to this, you can use any beans or/and lentils you have available in your kitchen 🙂

Prep time – 5 minutes
Cook time – 15 minutes
Serves – 2

Ingredients :

150gms Mixed Beans (soaked for at least an hour)
1 large Onion
1 Tomato
2 tbsp. Tomato puree
2 Garlic Cloves
1 cube Veg or Chicken Stock
Seasoning (salt, black pepper, chili flakes, cumin powder, lemon juice, and cilantro/coriander)
Garnish (spring onions and ginger slices)

Recipe :

  • I normally cook my Harira in a pressure cooker as it helps me lessen the time for the beans to cook due to the pressure from the pot, if you are using a normal vessel the cooking time will be few minutes longer to make sure the beans are soft and cooked well.
  • In a pot heat 2 tbsp. oil, add minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Add diced onion and cook until soft and brown. Add diced tomato and 2 tbsp. tomato paste.
  • Add salt, 1 tbsp. black pepper, 1 tbsp. chili flakes, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tbsp. cumin powder and stir well.
  • Add the mixed beans and give it a good mix. Add 300ml warm water with 1 cube of Veg or Chicken stock. Close the lid and cook until 3 whistles from the cooker or for about 20 minutes or until the beans are cooked if using a normal pot.
  • Once cooked, add handful chopped coriander/cilantro and mix well. Garnish with spring onions and some julienne ginger.

Serve with a slice of a lemon wedge on the side for that extra zesty flavor. Enjoy with a slice of bread or just on its own. Let me know in the comments section if you like this quick and tasty Harira version.

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