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Spiced Moroccan Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas, Cilantro, & Lemon (Harira)

Posted by Shannon DiGiovanni on
Spiced Moroccan Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas, Cilantro, & Lemon (Harira)

Time to spice things up in your kitchen. This week on your menu is Spiced Moroccan Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas, Cilantro, & Lemon (Harira).

Ingredients

14 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, diced (about 2 cups)

3 stalks celery, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)

3 large carrots, peeled & cut in rounds

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 to 1 teaspoon harissa or dried red chile flakes, plus more for serving

Salt to taste

1 bunch parsley, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups/75 grams), divided

1 bunch cilantro, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups/75 grams), divided

1 (15-ounce/425-gram) can tomatoes, crushed, or 2 cups (450 grams) tomato sauce

7 cups (1 2/3 liters) chicken or vegetable stock

1 cup (200 grams) dried chickpeas, soaked overnight & cooked or 1 (15-ounce/425-gram) can chickpeas, drained

1 cup (370 grams) green lentils

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour

1 large egg

Juice of 2 lemons (about 1/4 cup)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat & sauté the onion, celery, & carrots until the onion turns translucent & begin to brown, about 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Add the turmeric, cumin, harissa or chile flakes, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup each of the parsley & cilantro, tomatoes, & the stock or water & bring to a boil. If using the soaked chickpeas, drain them & add to the pot.

  3. Simmer uncovered for 25 minutes, then add the lentils, another teaspoon of salt & a teaspoon of pepper & continue simmering until the chickpeas & lentils are cooked, about 20 minutes more. If using canned chickpeas omit the first 25 minutes of simmering & add with the lentils.

  4. Whisk the flour, egg, & lemon juice into 2 cups (470 ml) of water. Stir into the soup.

  5. Simmer the soup about 5 minutes more & serve, sprinkled with the remaining cilantro & parsley. & don’t forget to have some extra harissa in a plate on the side.

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