Harira is a famous Moroccan soup, and here's a hearty vegetarian (and vegan!) version - packed with tomatoes and chickpeas and flavored with paprika, turmeric, saffron, ginger, and harissa. The amount of water can be adjusted depending on the thickness you want. I like this soup pretty thick and nourishing, so I do not add too much water.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

5
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat and cook onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, cilantro, parsley, mint, paprika, turmeric, ginger, harissa, and saffron. Add water and cook over medium heat until flavors have combined, about 30 minutes.

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  • Mix a few tablespoons of soup liquid with flour and cornstarch in a small bowl and return to the soup, stirring in well. Add cherry tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer over low heat until soup thickens, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Note:

If you have time, peel your tomatoes. To do this, cut an X on the bottom of each, submerge in boiling water for 25 seconds, transfer to an ice water bath, then peel gently and dice.

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; protein 5.7g 12% DV; carbohydrates 27.1g 9% DV; fat 6.9g 11% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 231.1mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2019
This recipe is deliciously thick and chewy, and goes great on rice. The words vegetarian and vegan might deter some people but let me assure you it is as good as any meaty soup. I did not have harissa so looked up a recipe and just threw in some of the spices I had that were in my cupboard and it turned out great including quite a bit of chili powder. I used tomatoes and mint from my garden. I did peel the tomatoes because it is such a simple procedure. My husband really likes it, and has asked for it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2019
This recipe is deliciously thick and chewy, and goes great on rice. The words vegetarian and vegan might deter some people but let me assure you it is as good as any meaty soup. I did not have harissa so looked up a recipe and just threw in some of the spices I had that were in my cupboard and it turned out great including quite a bit of chili powder. I used tomatoes and mint from my garden. I did peel the tomatoes because it is such a simple procedure. My husband really likes it, and has asked for it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2020
Made per instructions minus harissa and it was delicious. Fiancé and I both enjoyed it. Next time I make it I plan to look up a recipe for harissa to add it in. It paired really well with the Moroccan Chicken with Saffron and Preserved Lemon and Moroccan Carrots that I also made for dinner. It really helped complete the meal. Read More
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