Harira is very easy to make but has quite a large number ingredients. Harira is an African food that has three main steps for making it. Step 1, you cook the meat, and the legumes (or lentils and chickpeas). If you are using dried chickpeas, soak in water overnight and cook with the meat in step 1, but if you want to use canned chickpeas, add to the soup at the end. Step 2 is adding the tomato mixture. While in step 3, we thicken the soup with flour.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup canned chickpeas
1 large onion
½ Ground ginger
1 tablespoon Turmeric powder
½ cup Cilantro
½ cup fresh Parsley
½ cup all-purpose flour
Pinch saffron thread
½ cup lentils
3 large Tomatoes
Half Celery sticks
2 tablespoons Tomato paste
Salt (to taste)
1 egg (optional)
Grate the onion. Wash, cut and dice the meat. Finely chop the cilantro and parsley in a place and put aside. Dilute the all-purpose flour in some water and mix until the flour dissolves.
Add the tablespoon of vegetable oil in the cooking pot. Pour in the grated onion, the diced meat, ground ginger, pepper, turmeric powder, pinch of saffron thread, cinnamon stick, and salt. Leave for about three minutes, or until the meat is brown. Add half cup of lentils and one liter of water over a medium-high heat. Cover the pot and cook for fifteen minutes. Check now, add another one liter of water, and cover again.
Boil water and add the tomatoes in the boiling water for a minute. Remove the tomatoes and put in a plate or tray to cool the tomatoes down. Peel the tomatoes and slice them.
Cut half celery stick in small cubes. With a food processor, mix the tomatoes and celery until you get a smooth mixture.
Add a bit of the soup sauce to one tablespoon of tomato paste to dilute the paste, and then add the tomato paste to the soup in the step 1. Pour the tomato and celery mixture to the soup and mix. Add the chopped cilantro and parsley to the soup. Taste and salt if needed. Reduce the heat to medium and cover the soup for about ten minutes.
Pour one cup of canned chickpeas after the ten minutes. Add the flour mixture to the soup little by little and stir continuously until the soup thickens. It is not necessary you use all the flour mixture. Cook the soup for three minutes.
Now, beat an egg (optional) with a fork and add to the soup while stirring the soup. Cook for another three minutes. Here we are, the Harira is set. Enjoy your African food.