Saturday, June 18, 2011

Moroccan Harira

  Last year Ramadhan  still remains as fresh as a spring flower,  I  feel like just with a blink of eye we have reached this year Ramadhan, yes  the Holy month of Ramadhan is here in a month time.  Here is a soup which Moroccan's make specially during Ramadhan.



   Harira is a Moroccan soup served during Ramadhan and any special occasions.  It can be served as a meal by itself or you can also serve it as a starter.  Moroccan Cuisine is extremely diverse,  mostly influenced by Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.  When I think of Moroccan Cuisine the first thing which comes to my mind is Moroccan Tajine and when I think of Tajine's, the first think which I remember is , The tajine which I brought from Germany got broken :-(  Any way that's a different story , coming to Moroccan Cuisine, I love the sweetish and rich flavour of their  food.
  The large portion and their well presented food will be a real feast to your eyes when you sit and dine.  I followed this recipe from Cooking With Alia,  I love her recipes a lot . Do check her site for her yummy recipes.  I have made few changes from the original recipes.  Traditionally people use only vermicelli for Harira.  Since I didn't have vermicelli, I used some linguine pasta.  Which was not too bad, so the choice is yours.  Let's hit straight to the recipe now.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40  minutes
Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
Chicken- 200 gm( boneless chopped)
Canned Chickpeas- 200 gm
Vermicelli or pasta-   1 tbsp broken
Puy lentils- 1 tbsp
Tomatoes- 2 big sized( ground into puree)
Onion- 1 medium sized( finely chopped)
Coriander and mint leaves- 1 tbsp( chopped finely)
Grated ginger- 1 tsp
Chilli powder- 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder- 1/4 tsp
Vegetable stock- 1 litre
Flour- 1 tbsp
Oil- 1/2 tbsp
Salt - as required

Method:
Wash the puy lentils and soak in water for 1/2 an hour.   Take a large heavy bottomed pan, add  the oil, grated ginger and onion.  Fry it until the onion looks transparent.  Add the chicken, spices, chickpeas, lentils, vermicelli and tomato puree.  Finally add the stock and salt.  Cover the pan and let it boil for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Mix the flour with 2 tbsp of water, slowly add it into the soup.  Add the chopped coriander and mint leaves.  Finally add salt and pepper for taste .  Let it simmer until the soup looks slightly saucy and thick.
Serve the soup warm along with some crusty bread rolls.

Note:
If you couldn't get puy lentils, use masoor dhal or chana dhal.

This recipe goes to Souper Sundays and Savoury Sundays  and What's everyone having for Iftar

50 comments:

anymz said...

looks yummy..:)

Farah Muzaffar said...

It sounds yummy... I will try it soon may be Sunday morning brunch ... i just boiled the chick peas... Thanks a lot for sharing
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Farah

Farah Muzaffar said...

It sounds yummy... I will try it soon may be Sunday morning brunch ... i just boiled the chick peas... Thanks a lot for sharing
hope you like to visit me at
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
love
Farah

The Sweetylicious said...

this look so flavourful! (:

Authenticoriyafood said...

This is a sureshot hit....chicken & chickpeas!!!! Looks so heart-warming....Will try this soon!!

Mélange said...

Moroccan Harira looks a completely filling soup.It's a meal in itself.The click is rich too..nice recipe.thanks for sharing.

Archana said...

Thanks for the tip of replacing puy lentils with masoor. What is the replacement for chicken? Will try the veg version without the chicken and let u know. Thanks.

Eftychia said...

This dish looks delicious! I like the variety of ingredients in it. Thanks for sharing!

Chik Mimi said...

Looks yummy!

Radhika said...

Spicy and filling soup.Love it.

shabs said...

Looks delicious , I have been thinking of trying this one , good recipe .

Three-Cookies said...

Sounds interesting, I never heard of this soup. Moroccan dishes are great so this should be up there!

Jeannie said...

Looks really delicious! I like the mixture of ingredients:)

Sayantani said...

lovely recipe and our family fav too. i use linguine too as we dont get orzo here.

divya said...

Wow...mouthwatering here....

The Mistress of Spices said...

I have enjoyed harira in many Moroccan restaurants and once on a trip to Rabat. This sounds like a great recipe...thanks for sharing!

Biny Anoop said...

wow dear again with a new andd innovative creation of urs that tempt the bloggers ...that looks and sounds gr8.....

Rocío Conesa said...

mmmmm ricooooo!

Jay said...

very interesting recipe..love d gorgeous click..:)
Tasty Appetite

sonu said...

well im a pure vegeterian ..but still luved the dish as its looking very inviting :P ...superb presentation just like restaurant style ..lovely click !

That Girl said...

I feel like every year the holy days come faster and faster upon us.

Indu said...

Am I glad you are back !!! The dish looks rich and yum...Gr8 snap....

kaveri said...

A very new dish...Never eaten any Moroccon dish so far...looks very yummy...Glad to see you back...

muppy said...

this sounds beautiful, i really love moroccan flavours. i also feel sad to hear you broke your tajine....

retete- ina said...

super,love it,very good

cook from doha said...

really a one pot meal.....even i like cooking with alia.........

Prathima Rao said...

Glad u r back & this is a delicious moroccan delicacy!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Amy said...

This looks very delicious! I love the spices of Moroccan food, especially the cinnamon in savory foods.

Simply Life said...

I only spent one day in Morocco but LOVE the food there - this looks great!

Ambreen said...

This is making me hungry, delicious looking & so many good flavors in this!

Rumana Rawat said...

Very beautiful dish:)

Jean said...

i'll lick my bowls clean for this dish :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

This one sounds and looks interesting

Priya said...

Nutritious,filling and comforting Harira...feel like finishing tat bowl..

Junia said...

i love the flavors of morocco! this looks fabulous! i bet would taste great with couscous!

Amanda-The Sweet Details said...

Yum!! Thanks for sharing this at Savory Sundays! It looks great!!

julie said...

wow..thats a yummy soup..liked it,thanx for sharing!

Shanavi said...

Looks gorgeous n authentic..Yum YUM

Vardhini said...

Looks good.

Vardhini
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Zareena said...

Looks very inviting and nice red colour.

shaz said...

I've heard a lot about Harira bt never tasted it. Looks delicious. Must try it soon.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, looks delish, the soup looks superb !!!

Vatsala. said...

Hi dear missing your visits and lovely comments.
Ongoing event - LGSS - Paneer

Plateful said...

How did I miss this post...? The soup looks yummy. Sorry about your Tajine, such bad luck! I too have a cute lil Tajine that was gifted to me by one of my Egyptian friends.

One more thing: where can I find details about this Nestle mango mania...?

Sweet Artichoke said...

Moroccan cuisine is a world of wonders :-) Love your harira!

Santosh Bangar said...

inviting and tasty

Juwita Jamaludin said...

it's look delicious.. and your photo is great.. keep it up..:)

Ina said...

delicious....I will try to do later.
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Durian is a local fruit malaysia.
You can do an image search for durians.

Emreen said...

Looks yummy !! chicken and vermicilli seems like an interesting combination...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What scrumptious dish! I love anything that tastes Moroccan. Now, I'm hungry...

Cheers,

Rosa

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