8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup soup and 1 lemon wedge)

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.

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.

Ratings & Reviews

sedutta's Review

December 09, 2009
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.

chezchef's Review

March 01, 2009
The soup is definitely flavorful, healthy and tasted great when either the lemon wedge is squeezed in or lemon juice liberally added.

KaCarey's Review

January 29, 2009
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.

carolfitz's Review

January 14, 2009
I think the spice blend was accidentally left off the recipe? Cooked the onions with tumeric, cinammon, nutmeg, ginger, red pepper, allspice. Served with lemon wedge.

heidimotsch's Review

January 05, 2009
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.