How to make Harira
Soup as the Ultimate Comfort Food
This soup is just about the ultimate in comfort foods. And I am all about the soothing benefits of food! This is especialy good on a cold winter day. It warms you from your head to your toes! But...if you have a taste for in the summer, just turn on the air conditioner and enjoy!
Variations of Harira
Like any ethnic dish, Harira has several different styles depending on mho makes it. My recipe came from my Moroccan mother-in-law. My Tunisian friend makes hers with a tomato base sauce and my Israeli friend uses soup noodles (usually the alphabet ones) instead of dumplings. Some people put chunks of stew-like meat (as pictured above) and others use chicken. Basically, the sky is the limit with this soup. You can deviate from this recipe and still have an amazing, hearty soup!
- 1/4 pound ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 can chick peas, drained
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 tomato, chopped
- 1/2 cup flour
- 6 cups water
- 2 tbl powdered chicken broth
- to taste salt and pepper
- Brown the ground beef and onions in a large soup pot. Drain excess oil
- Add cilantro and chick peas, chicken broth, tomatoes and salt and pepper
- add the 6 cups of water. Put on high until almost boiled, then switch to low and let it simmer for about an hour.
- squeeze the juice of 1 lemon in the pot and mix
- Take out 1/2 cup of broth and mix in some of the flour. When it is smooth, add it to the soup.* Keep doing this until your soup has a smooth, creamy consistency.
- *we like some "lumps" in our soup, so we let some of the flour form dumplings. There are some people that add a small package of soup noodles instead.
|Calories from Fat||27|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 3 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 19 g||6%|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 6 g||12%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
My mother-in-law serves this as a starter but it is such a hearty soup, I generally serve it as a the main course. My kids like to squeeze a little more lemon on it. I think it would be great coupled with this this recipe for herbed bread rounds by pstraubie48 which is also part of the 14 in 14 challenge! Of course, you will probably want to add a few salads, as well! May I suggest.....
a good soup pot is important