Harira - North African Lamb & Chickpea Stew

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 45m
Ready In

"Harira is a soup from the Maghreb region of North Africa. There are many variations of this hearty, healthy soup, but most recipes include chunks of lamb simmered with tomatoes, chickpeas, spices and herbs. Though the ingredient list looks overwhelming, it is mostly spices - so the recipe goes together quickly."

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (299.2 g)
  • Calories 352.4
  • Total Fat - 22.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 46.6 mg
  • Sodium - 182.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 23.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 8.5 g
  • Sugars - 6.6 g
  • Protein - 17 g
  • Calcium - 78.8 mg
  • Iron - 3.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 50.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Heat the oil or butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the lamb and brown on all sides. Remove the meat and set aside.

Step 2

Reduce heat to medium and add the onions and celery. Sauté until the onions are translucent, 4-5 minutes. Add the spices and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes. Pour in the stock, then return the meat to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 45 minutes.

Step 4

Add the chickpeas and lentils. Add salt and pepper to taste, then simmer for another 20 minutes, or until the lentils cooked through and tender.

Step 5

Adjust seasoning, stir in the cilantro and parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Note: Sometimes two beaten eggs are added at the end of cooking time, to create strands of egg through the soup. You can also add a bit of rice along with the lentils, though you may need to increase water/stock. Or, you can add a cup of soup pasta.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.