Robert Carrier's Moroccan harira

Robert Carrier's Moroccan harira

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Cooking time

Ready in 2¾ hours, plus overnight soaking

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 6 - 8

In Morocco this soup is served as an important part of the festivities of Ramadan: it's the traditional soup to break the fast

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
381
protein
26g
carbs
38g
fat
15g
saturates
8g
fibre
5g
sugar
0g
salt
0.35g

Ingredients

  • 100g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained
  • 100g Puy lentils
  • 450g ready-diced lamb, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp each ground ginger, saffron strands and paprika
  • 50g butter
  • 100g long grain rice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped
  • lemon quarters, to serve

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Method

  1. Tip the chickpeas and lentils into a large saucepan or flameproof casserole. Add the lamb, onion, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, saffron strands and paprika, then pour in 1.5 litres/21⁄2 pints water. Season.
  2. Bring to the boil, skimming all the froth from the surface as the water begins to bubble, then stir in half the butter. Turn down the heat and simmer the soup, covered, for 11⁄2 -2 hours until the chickpeas are tender, adding a little more water from time to time as necessary.
  3. Towards the end of the cooking time, prepare the rice. Bring 850ml/ 11⁄2 pints water to the boil in a saucepan, shower in the rice, the rest of the butter and salt to taste. Cook until the rice is very tender. Drain, reserving 3tbsp of the liquid.
  4. To finish, put the reserved rice liquid in a small saucepan. Stir in the coriander, parsley (hold a little back for a garnish if you like) and tomatoes, then simmer for 15 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add to the soup with the rice, and then taste for seasoning. Simmer for 5-10 minutes to thicken slightly. Serve hot, with a lemon quarter for each serving so guests can squeeze over lemon juice to taste.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2003

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emma1505's picture

Do you think it could work with chicken as I don't eat lamb ?

emma1505's picture

Do you think it could work with chicken as I don't eat lamb ?

marsal26's picture
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I did this twice and everyone loved it. Easy to make too.

amaloopy's picture
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I did this in the slow cooker as a one pot dish adding the rice right at the end. It worked brilliantly. Only thing i may do next time is add some dried prunes too.

dancingbunny's picture
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I didn't do the bit with the rice water either but it still came out fine.

bethocallaghan's picture
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Really nice and easy to make (though I did misread the recipe slightly and so didn't do the thing with cooking the tomatoes and herbs in the rice water - it still came out well though. Added some carrots as well with the onions at the beginning.

peperstiche's picture

I have now made this for the second time for Christmas as I have vegetarian daughters. We all love it, much more interesting than turkey which we also have. I substituted almonds with hazel nuts and roasted cashews for the pistachios as that was what I had in the larder. Equally delicious. Will definitely make it again, it looks stunning.

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