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Moroccan Vegan Recipes
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Moroccan Harira Soup
From: Wish I Could Cook

This thick soup is a wonderful comfort food. It's easy to make, delicious and healthy! I know the spices sound strange, but the end result is an excellent savory soup. Good enough for company!


  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or garbanzo beans)
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (or ketchup)

Cook lentils in pot of boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Drain.

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, parsley, cilantro, ginger, and cinnamon. Saute 5 minutes or until onion is soft.

Stir in tomatoes and saute 5 minutes more.

Stir in broth, chickpeas, lentils, reserved tomato liquid, and 3 cups water.

Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 45 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occassionally.

In separate bowl, whisk flour with 1 cup water.

Whisk in cilantro, lemon juice and tomato paste.

Add mixture to soup.

Add orzo to soup.

Cook for 5 minutes or until orzo is soft.