How to Make Moroccan Harira: Ingredients and All You Need

Moroccan Harira is a flavorful and hearty soup that is a staple during Ramadan and other special occasions in Morocco. This traditional dish is not only delicious but also holds cultural significance. I will guide you through the process of making Moroccan Harira, listing all the essential ingredients and tools you’ll need to create this savory delight in your own kitchen.

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What is Moroccan Harira?

Moroccan Harira is a famous soup in Morocco, especially enjoyed during Ramadan to break the fast. It’s a rich and nutritious soup that combines various flavors and textures to create a satisfying meal. Here’s how you can prepare it step by step:

Moroccan Harira

Maureen Gil
Moroccan Harira is a hearty and flavorful soup that's traditionally enjoyed during Ramadan. It's a nutritious blend of tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, and aromatic spices like cumin and coriander. This nourishing soup is both comforting and filling.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 4 servings
Calories 350 kcal


  • 1 cup of red lentils: These will provide the soup with a thick and hearty texture.
  • 1/2 cup of vermicelli: This thin pasta adds a delicate touch to the soup.
  • 1/2 cup of chickpeas: Pre-soaked and cooked until tender.
  • 1/2 cup of chopped fresh cilantro and parsley: For that vibrant herbaceous flavor.
  • 1 large onion: Finely chopped.
  • 2 tomatoes: Blanched, peeled, and finely chopped.
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste: Adds depth and color to the soup.
  • 2 cloves of garlic: Minced for a hint of garlic flavor.
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil: For sautéing and enhancing the soup's richness.
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger: Provides a warm and earthy flavor.
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon: Adds a sweet and spicy note.
  • 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric: For a vibrant yellow color and mild flavor.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of saffron threads: Soaked in warm water to release their aroma and color.
  • Salt and pepper to taste: Season according to your preference.
  • Lemon wedges: To serve with the soup for an extra zesty kick.

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  • Sauté the Aromatics: Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant.
  • Add the Spices: Stir in the ground ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and saffron threads. Cook for a minute to release the spices' flavors.
  • Add Tomatoes and Tomato Paste: Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste to the pot. Cook until the tomatoes break down and the mixture thickens.
  • Incorporate Lentils and Chickpeas Add the red lentils and chickpeas to the pot, stirring to combine. Pour in enough water to cover the ingredients, and let it simmer until the lentils and chickpeas are tender.
  • Add Vermicelli and Herbs: Toss in the vermicelli and let it cook until it's tender. Stir in the fresh cilantro and parsley, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve Your Moroccan Harira: Ladle the steaming hot Moroccan Harira into bowls, and serve with lemon wedges. The soup is traditionally accompanied by dates and Moroccan bread.
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Making Moroccan Harira is a delightful culinary journey that brings the flavors of Morocco to your home. This hearty soup is not only a treat for your taste buds but also a cultural experience.

Gather the ingredients and tools, follow the steps, and savor the rich, aromatic goodness of Moroccan Harira.

See this delicious recipe for another soup: Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


Can I use canned chickpeas for Moroccan Harira?

Yes, you can use canned chickpeas, but make sure to rinse and drain them before adding them to the soup.

What can I substitute for saffron threads if I don’t have them?

You can use a pinch of turmeric as a saffron substitute for color and a subtle flavor.

Is Moroccan Harira vegetarian?

Yes, Moroccan Harira is typically vegetarian. However, some variations may include meat.

Can I freeze Moroccan Harira for later consumption?

Yes, you can freeze Moroccan Harira in airtight containers for up to three months. Thaw and reheat before serving.

What are some common side dishes to serve with Moroccan Harira?

Traditional side dishes include dates, Moroccan bread (such as Khobz), and fresh salads.

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