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Harira soup
Region or stateMorocco[1]
Main ingredientsFlour, tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, onions, rice, meat (beef, lamb, or chicken), olive oil

Harira (Arabic: الحريرةal-ḥarīra, Berber languages: ⴰⵣⴽⵉⴼ azkif) is a traditional Moroccan soup.[2] It is popular as a starter but is also eaten on its own as a light snack. There are many variations and it is mostly served during Ramadan, although it can be made throughout the year.[3]

It is also part of the Sephardic cuisine of Moroccan Jews, who add avgolemono style lemon juice and egg to brighten the flavors of the soup. Like Muslims, who traditionally have the filling soup for Iftar meals, Jews break their fast with it during Yom Kippur.[4]


Harira's base-recipe is composed of the following ingredients, and may vary depending on regions:

  • Tadouira - a thickening mixture made from flour and water and sometimes canned tomato paste, which is added at the end of the cooking process.[5]
  • tomatoes and tomato concentrate
  • lentils
  • chickpeas
  • fava beans
  • onions
  • rice
  • beaten eggs
  • small amount of meat: (beef, lamb or chicken)
  • a spoon or two of olive oil.

The stock, usually lamb, is well-seasoned with cinnamon, ginger, turmeric or another coloring agent like saffron, and fresh herbs such as cilantro and parsley.[6]

Lemon juice can also be added at serving time. The soup tastes best if it has been allowed to rest overnight.[7]

It is usually served with hard-boiled eggs sprinkled with salt and cumin, dates and other favorite dried fruits like figs, traditional honey sweets and other home-made special breads or crepes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "dHarira". tfd.
  2. ^ [1] collinsdictionary.com
  3. ^ Berry, Vava (2012). Soup: fresh, healthy recipes bursting with seasonal flavour. London: Pavilion Books. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-909108-50-9.
  4. ^ "Recipe: How to make harira". Jewish Journal.
  5. ^ "Tadouira". Cuisine du Maroc (in French). Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Classic Moroccan Harira: Tomato, Lentil, and Chickpea Soup". The Spruce Eats.
  7. ^ "Harira Soup". The New York Times.

External links[edit]

Media related to Harira at Wikimedia Commons