This traditional soup is thickened with a tadouira—a mixture of flour, tomato paste, and cilantro—and served with lemon wedges. Because of the vermicelli, the soup may thicken when cooled—simply add a little more water or broth when reheating.
- 1/2 cup green lentils
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 15-oz. can chopped tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
- 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup vermicelli
- 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 Tbs. lemon juice
- 1 Tbs. tomato paste
To make Harira: Cook lentils in pot of boiling salted water 2 minutes. Drain.
Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, parsley, cilantro, ginger, and cinnamon; sauté 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Stir in tomatoes, and sauté 5 minutes more.
Stir in broth, chickpeas, lentils, reserved tomato liquid, and 3 cups water. Season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 45 minutes, or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
To make Tadouira: Whisk flour with 1 cup water in bowl. Whisk in cilantro, lemon juice, and tomato paste. Stir Tadouira and vermicelli into Harira, and cook 3 minutes, or until noodles are soft. Serve with lemon wedges.
- Calories: 179
- Carbohydrate Content: 33 g
- Fat Content: 3 g
- Fiber Content: 6 g
- Protein Content: 7 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 0.5 g
- Sodium Content: 537 mg
- Sugar Content: 5 g