Sleeping last night to the sound of violent wind and hail stones hitting my window, only to wake up this morning and realize that the streets are flooded with water, wind blowing so hard and the fog filling the air. With that gloomy weather all around, my mind drifted to a trial of an amazing Moroccan creation called “Harira Soup”. Moroccan cuisine is well known for its use of spices and sweet additions to its dishes, this soup though is purely rich and spicy in the right amount to satisfy most taste buds.
The Magical Ingredients:
1/2 Kilo Lamb Cubes
2 Onions (Chopped Finely)
1/2 Cup Cilantro (Chopped Finely)
1/2 Cup Parsley (Flat Leaf) (Chopped Finely)
5 Tomatoes (Chopped Finely)
3/4 Cup Green Lentils
1 Can Chickpeas (Drained)
A Handful Of Raisens (Optional)
2 Spoons Of Butter/Oil
1/4 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Ginger
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Turmeric
1 Cube Of Vegetable Stock
1/2 tsp Ground Chilli (Optional)
1 tbsp Flour (For Thickening)
You put your butter/oil in a big deep pan and add the meat along with the onions, cilantro, parsley and tomatoes. Toss them around until they start cooking, add the rest of the ingredients (not the spices yet) and cover them with water. Soon as the mixture of beautiful ingredients start to boil you can add your spices and add salt to your liking. Leave the soup to simmer for a while and check if the meat and lentils are cooked well, then you can add your flour (in a cold water cup) to thicken the soup.
The sensational taste will tantalize your taste buds and delight your stomach which will make you feel the heat. The beauty of these dishes is that you can always look for that extra ingredient to make the recipe your own. It is definitely a great dish to enjoy all through the day.
Leaving You With Warm Wintery Wishes.