Traditionally, this satisfying soup includes meat and is offered to break the sunrise-to-dusk fasting period during the month of Ramadan, the Muslim holiday. Harira's hearty, rich flavors, abundant protein, and sultry seasonings translate well into a vegetarian interpretation with chickpeas and lima beans. Serve with Moroccan Country Bread, a salad, and fresh dates for dessert.
2 cups water
2 cups organic vegetable broth (such as Emeril's)
1 3/4 cups diced yellow onion
1/2 cup dried lentils
1/2 cup organic no-salt-added tomato puree (such as Muir Glen)
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup frozen lima beans, thawed
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
8 lemon wedges
How to Make It
Place first 8 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in beans and next 5 ingredients (through chickpeas); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Serve with lemon wedges.
This was an easy, hearty soup for a cold evening. I made some changes: I did not use any tomato paste, added 3/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp coriander, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, used peas instead of lima beans, and carrots instead of celery. It turned out great! Served with baked cumin tortilla chips.
My family (including 2 picky kids) loved this recipe. Instead of expensive saffron, I subbed coriander. Delicious and hearty. Made with Moroccan Country Bread for a perfect meal. Used considerably less onion than called for because kids aren't crazy about onion. This will be part of our family repertoire.
This was ok, but definitely has potential with some tweaking. I wouldn't say it is "richly flavored with sultry seasonings", the flavors are very subtle, but good -- interesting. Next time I will add some crushed red pepper to give it a little kick, and that shouldn't interfere with the other flavors.
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