Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cook It- Harira

If you feel like having a lazy afternoon in the Kitchen, then this is a recipe to bookmark. I served it last night for River Cottage Night with stacks of natural yogurt, lemon juice and flat bread.

Harira- A Middle Eastern Soup 


1 cup (200g) dried chickpeas
20g butter
2 medium (300g) brown onions, chopped finely
2 (200g) trimmed celery stalks, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic crushed
4cm piece (20g) fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
pinch saffron threads
500g diced lamb
3 large (750g) tomatoes, seeded chopped coarsely
8 cups (2 litres) hot water
½ cup (100g) brown lentils
2 tablespoons plain flour
½ cup (100g) white long-grain rice
½ cup firmly packed fresh coriander leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Place chickpeas in medium bowl, cover with water; stand overnight, drain. Rinse under cold water; drain.

Heat butter in large saucepan; cook onion celery and garlic, stirring, until onion softens. Add ginger, cinnamon, pepper and saffron; cook, stirring, 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add lamb; cook, stirring, 5 minutes or until lamb is browned.

Add chickpeas and tomato; cook, stirring, 5 minutes or until tomato softens.

Stir in water; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered 45 minutes. Add lentils; simmer, covered, 1 hour.

Blend flour with ½ cup of the slightly cooled cooking liquid in small bowl; stir into lamb mixture with rice. Cook, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens. (Can be made ahead at this stage. Cover; refrigerate over night.) Stir coriander and juice into harira just before serving. Garnish each bowl with extra coriander leaves if desired.

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  1. Looks delicious!
    Now, just so you know, I have featured you in my latest post of my fave new blogs! I have used a photo for it, any probs just let me know. Rach

  2. looks so healthy and warm ... i will be giving this one a try.

  3. Will have to try this. Looks very tasty. Gotta get that cookbook too!
    x Marnie

  4. Hi Emily! Just responding to you comment about the booties and baby hat on my blog. Short answer - no I don't sell them - I've never sold anything in my life. Longer answer... I'm sure I could start ;) Would have to do a little negotiating, sizing, yarn choice, colours etc. I still think the pattern needs a wee bit of tweaking before I think it will be A+, but they are gorgeous aren't they? Which did you like more - the hat, or the booties?
    Looks like you are cooking up a storm! YUM!

  5. P.S. I just had to laugh - the word verification on my previous comment was "offer" LOL!

  6. I love all these flavors! This looks amazing, comfort in a bowl :)

  7. It looks irresistable!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh I love harira - I live in Marrakech in Morocco and we eat this every day in Ramadan. Yum!

  9. Yum.. that looks so delicious and great for a winter dinner :)

  10. Yum!! This dish sounds amazing :)


  11. I have many of those Women's Weekly cookbooks -- and there are many recipes that are my go-to time and time again. It is well over 100 degrees here each day -- I live in the Middle East! But I still make soup. Last nite it was vegetable soup with cornbread. Yum! Have a terrific Thursday. Tammy

  12. That looks warming and delicious!

  13. hmm it sounds delicious...and it's been proper winter in the cape (first winter storm an all) so this is just what i need! thanks for sharing

  14. Perfect...I found this just in time for the cooler months. I can't wait to make this. Soup is the most perfect comfort food on a cold night.


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