Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Harira (N. African Soup)

This is a simple and delicious vegeterian soup. I got it from an African cookbook years ago.
1 c chopped onion
4 c vegetable stock
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
1 T grated gingerroot
1/8 tsp cayene
1 c peeled, diced carrots
1/2 c diced celery
1 c cooked lentils
1 c drained chickpeas
1-2 T cilantro
1 T lemon juice
pinch of saffron ("optional"...translation: I am too cheap to buy it)
Directions: Place 1 T olive oil in stock pot with the spices. Add 4 c vegetable stock, carrots, lentils, celery, and onion. Cook about 20 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomato, chick peas, salt and pepper (to taste). Heat through. Top with lemon juice and cilantro.

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