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 


INGREDIENTS


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
METHOD


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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14 comments:

  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

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

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

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  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!

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

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

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  7. It looks irresistable!
    Thanks for sharing!

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

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

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  10. Yum!! This dish sounds amazing :)

    x

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  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

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  12. That looks warming and delicious!

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  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

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  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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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em