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Harira soup comes from Morocco and combines beef, chickpeas, plenty of tomatoes, a few greens and of course spices! | cookingtheglobe.com

Moroccan Harira Soup

Harira is the most famous Moroccan soup. Filled with beef, chickpeas, and veggies, it is guaranteed to warm your soul up!
Cuisine Moroccan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6 people
Calories 217kcal
Author CookingTheGlobe


  • 1 lb (450g) beef, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup (170g) celery, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup (15g) parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup (15g) cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 1/2 cups (2,1l) water, divided
  • 2 cans (14 oz or 400g each) tomatoes, pureed, with the juice
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup (170g) canned chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 oz (30g) vermicelli or angel hair noodles, broken into pieces

For serving:

  • lemon wedges
  • dates
  • dried figs


  • In a large pot, add the beef, celery, onion, parsley, cilantro, olive oil, ginger, and cinnamon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 6 cups (1,5l) water, stir, and bring to a boil. Set the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, chickpeas and 1 1/2 cups (360ml) water. Cover once again and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, in a saucepan over low heat, add 1 cup (240ml) water and whisk in the flour and lemon juice. Remove from heat, let sit for 10 minutes, and whisk again.
  • Add the flour and lemon juice mixture to the soup, while continually stirring. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add vermicelli and cook for about 5 minutes more, until noodles are tender.
  • Serve with lemon wedges, dates and dried figs on the side. Enjoy!


Calories: 217kcal