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Veg Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup (Harira)

Harira is a traditional Moroccan soup that's both hearty and delicious. It's packed with lentils, chickpeas, tomatoes, and a blend of warming spices, making it perfect for any time of the year.

Veg Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup (Harira)

Ingredients:

For the Soup:
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 large onion, finely chopped
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
• 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
• 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
• 1 cup green or brown lentils, rinsed
• 1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
• 6 cups vegetable broth
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 tsp ground turmeric
• 1 tsp ground ginger
• 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
• Juice of 1 lemon
For Garnish:
• Fresh parsley and cilantro, chopped
• Lemon wedges

Instructions:

1. Sauté the Vegetables:
◦ In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
◦ Add the chopped onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 8-10 minutes.
2. Add the Spices:
◦ Stir in the ground cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
◦ Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the spices are fragrant.
3. Add the Legumes and Tomatoes:
◦ Add the chickpeas, lentils, and crushed tomatoes to the pot.
◦ Pour in the vegetable broth and stir to combine.
4. Simmer the Soup:
◦ Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.
◦ Cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
5. Finish with Fresh Herbs and Lemon:
◦ Stir in the chopped parsley, cilantro, and lemon juice.
◦ Adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
6. Serve:
◦ Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with additional fresh parsley and cilantro.
◦ Serve with lemon wedges on the side.
Enjoy your Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup (Harira)!

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