Harira {Moroccan Chickpea Soup} Recipe

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Harira {Moroccan Chickpea Soup} Recipe

Traditionally served after Ramadan to break the fast, I think Harira (or Moroccan Chickpea Soup) is the sexiest soup ever. That’s right. I suppose all the metaphors I impute to this soup is naturally subjective but I’m confident you’ll understand once you make it. Whenever I make this soup, I think of wild hair, heavy-lidded kohl-lined eyes, flowing fabric in burnished reds and golds, firelight, musk, and…..percussions.

Maybe its Morocco. But definitely also the spices. There is something to be said about the counterintuitive. The spices that you use in this soup are spices you typically associate with sweet stuff — cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger together — but when used along with cayenne, turmeric and coriander, they transform together into a passionately rich and satisfying soup. You definitely need a bold red wine to hold up to it.

Harira {Moroccan Chickpea Soup}



12 Servings

Prep time

20 Minutes

Cooking time

60 Minutes


  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped onions

  • 2 celery stalks, diced

  • 2 tsp ground ginger

  • 2 tsp turmeric

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • cayenne to taste

  • 1 potato, chopped

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 28 oz diced or pureed tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted (I use Bionaturae in bottles or Pomi in tetrapaks – here’s why)

  • 6 cups good vegetable stock

  • 1 zucchini, chopped

  • 2 cup cooked chickpeas

  • 1 cup dried lentils

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley


  • Heat the olive oil in a medium stockpot over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions and celery and cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the spices and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the stock, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, lentils, and chickpeas and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook at a gentle simmer for 45 minutes to and hour.
  • Remove the lid, add the cilantro, parsley, and lemon juice and cook, uncovered for 5 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve garnished with cilantro.