Hajar's Own Harira -- the National Soup of Morocco

240 mins (prep 60, cooking 180)
21 ingredients
10 servings
There are as many recipes for harira as there are people who eat it though there are essentials. The beans and lentils, cilantro (fresh leaf), tomato and pasta of some sort. This is my own recipe based on ingredients and flavors which I enjoyed from other hariras. Harira is eaten all year, not only at Ramadan though it would not be Ramadan without it! This soup along with others is used traditionally for breakfast at sunset. This would be a first course served with accompaniments and bread before moving on to heavier foods. Many break fast with milk and dates; a very old tradition and I doubt that they knew way back when that the combination of natural sugar and the milk protein were a near perfect combination. Some find this a bit too rough for the first thing in the stomach. While harira is the national soup of Morocco, history tells that this is not a Moroccan invention but an invention of the Maghreb of which Morocco is a part. This recipe may look truly daunting though it really isn't. In our house the first course on the table is always either harira, chorba, or one of my stews; usually chicken, dates, pistachios and fruit. Then after that settles we move on to a normal main course without the use of garlic as it is forbidden during Ramadan. Before bed we will usually have a pot of tea and a rice pudding, dessert couscous or just the tea. Shebakia, the very honey sweet special Ramadan sesame cookies are always here though we prefer to have them with coffee and not necessarily daily.

Categories:  african , free-of... , <-4-hours , soups-&-stews , moroccan , time-to-make , ramadan , holiday , lentil , main-dish , beans , lactose-free , meat , heirloom~historical , chickpeas~garbanzos ,
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Serving Size (204.04 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 392.38 Calories from Fat 91.71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10.19g 156.75%
Saturated Fat 2.79g 139.57%
Trans Fat 0.08g %
Cholesterol 16.56mg 55.19%
Sodium 507.15mg 211.31%
Total Carbohydrate 62.46g 208.19%
Dietary Fiber 13.68 g 547.17%
Sugars 13.01 g %
Protein 15.46g 309.27%
Vitamin A 1558.67IU% Vitamin C 26.99mg%
Calcium 94.66mg% Iron 5.36mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9β€’Carbohydrate 4β€’Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
dried, dried, ground turmeric, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground, fresh coriander leaves, fresh ground pepper, lemon wedge