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Sunday Harira

Exotic and easy

5 - 6

Serves

20 mins

Prep Time

2 hrs

Cook Time

Lazy Sunday Club

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Lazy Sunday Club

Experience the rich, aromatic essence of North African cuisine with this harira recipe. The hearty lamb and lentil soup, thickened to perfection, is a staple during Ramadan. It’s a filling meal with vibrant spices, fresh coriander, and a squeeze of lemon - ideal for any time of year!

This recipe is courtesy of Lazy Sunday Club.

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Dairy Free

Gluten free

Ingredients

Harira

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1kg Quality Mark lamb shoulder

excess fat removed

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60g (¼ cup, approx) olive oil

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2 stalks celery stalks

very finely chopped

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1 onion

very finely chopped

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2 carrots

very finely chopped

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1½ tsp sweet paprika

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1½ tsp ground ginger

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1½ tsp ground cumin

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1 tsp ground cinnamon

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1 tsp ground turmeric

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2 Tbsp tomato paste

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150g (⅔ cup) brown lentils

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1.75ml (7 cups) chicken stock

preferably homemade

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250ml (1 cup) tomato passata

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50g (⅓ cup) plain flour

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juice of 1 lemon

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400g can chickpeas

rinsed and drained

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chopped fresh coriander

to serve

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lemon

wedges, to serve

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60g vermicelli noodles

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dried, broken

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pitted date

to serve

Method

For the harira

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Cut the lamb into 4cm pieces. Heat 1 Tbsp of the olive oil over high heat in a large frying pan, add half the lamb, then cook, turning often, for 5-6 minutes, until it’s nicely browned all over. Repeat with the remaining lamb, adding a little more oil if necessary.

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Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a very large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped vegetables, then cook, stirring often, for 8 minutes or until tender.

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Add the spices and tomato paste, then cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until fragrant.

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Add the lamb with any standing juices and the stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 1 hour 20 minutes or until the lamb is very tender.

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While the lamb cooks, combine the lentils with enough cold water to generously cover in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then cook over medium heat for 20 minutes or until just tender. Drain and set aside.

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Combine the passata, lemon juice and 125ml (½ cup) water in a bowl. Add the flour and whisk until smooth.

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Whisking constantly, add the flour mixture to the soup in the pan, then, stirring constantly to prevent lumps forming, bring to a simmer.

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Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes to allow the flour to cook out.

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Add the lentils, chickpeas and vermicelli, then cook for 5 minutes or until the vermicelli is tender.

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Season the soup with salt and pepper, then divide among large bowls. Serve with chopped coriander, with lemon wedges for squeezing and dates passed separately.