Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Harira is the national soup of Morrocco. We like to joke that it should be written in our Constitution. It's eaten all year round really. In Ramadan however it becomes a daily favorite for Iftar.

Harira is mainly lentil & lamb soup. Usually I don't try to make it myself because am really lazy & impatient in the kitchen & so I want things that you can have ready fast. But today I was in the mood so I made the attempt.

Harira is made in 2 stages: Le bouillon(takata) & Tedouira.

Le bouillon:

500g of lentils
500g of lamb meat cubes
2 large onions(chopped)
2 lemons(juiced)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1.5 kg of blended tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon saffran
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ginger
4 stalks of celery, chopped
1.5 liters of water
Salt to taste

1) Soak about 500g of red lentil in salted water for about an hour.
2) In a large soup pot, cook the onions, the celery, the spices and the blended tomatoes for about 15 minutes.
3) Add the lentil together with one & a half liter of water & the meat & bring to boil.
4) Reduce the heat and simmer for one & a half hours or until the meat is cooked.


1 bouquet of coriander
1 bouquet of parsley
2.5 of water
1 tablespoon of yeast
1 tablespoon walnut butter
300 g of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt

1) Mix all above ingredients in the blender to get a smooth mixture.
2) Bring the tedouira to boil in another saucepan - stirring to avoid clotting.
3) Add the tedouira to the meat in the soup pot.


Blogger doshar said...

eh da ya loulou, de shoghlana.

mish 3aiza a2oolek i make soup from ready packets. fe ramadan i can't afford the time.

but if someone makes it for me, i would like some. it sounds yummy

10/05/2005 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger Me said...

Yummy !!! but like Doshar said .. a lot of hard work ...anyway.. thanks for the recipe... I "might" give it a go one day ... just wanted to make sure "saffran" is za3faran right? and excuse my ignorance ... what do you mean by "1 butter walnut" ?

10/05/2005 09:58:00 PM  
Blogger LouLou said...


Yes. Saffran is za3faran in Arabic. About the walnute butter that was a typo. Just fixed it. I meant 1 tablespoon of walnut butter. Walnut butter is just butter mixed with powdered walnuts. Here you can get it readymade usually. If you can't find it just use normal butter or margarine.

10/06/2005 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger LouLou said...


La 7aram in Ramadan you have to have real soup. Aslan that is all I eat in Iftar. First a couple of dates & water, then soup. Then coffee.

When short of time try boiling
some vegetables(peas, potatos, carrots, beans) with a few celery stalks and your favorite spice mix. When they're cooked(about 12-15 minutes) Add 2 teacups of water & throw everything in the blender. Voila! You have very tasty, creamy vegetable soup, all fresh & low-calorie kaman.

Or tomato soup. Boil 2 sliced onions with 4 or 5 tomatos, celery leaves & stalks again(nothing like celery for giving soup flavor), salt & a teaspoon of zatar. Blend it and you have Italian tomato soup. Some people like to add boiled green peas(you can use canned - I never touch anything canned). But I just put some croutons & sprinkle parmesan on the its face.

But you're right harira is hard work. Allah yikhaleelna Mama. She makes the complicated stuff usually.

10/06/2005 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger doshar said...

thanks for the recipes loulou. i actually enjoy making tomato soup. blend it (fresh) and add to some onions and za3tar and spice, which have been browning in a bit of oil, let boil, add some salt, sugar, cream and it is done!

someone had told me about the vegetable soup, but only with squashes, and you blend it with yogurt! and don't let boil. it is quite good. will try yours IS Allah

10/06/2005 04:06:00 PM  

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