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North African Harira Soup

black chickpea harira soup

60 mins

Thank you so much to Alex and our friends at the Vegetarian Society for this delicious recipe. We made it on the day the Suma cooks spent at the Cordon Vert Vegetarian cookery school. The soup is quick, easy and best of all delicious – you have to try it out!


  1. 2 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 onion, finely chopped
  3. 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  4. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. 3cm piece ginger, peeled & grated
  6. 1 tsp cumin powder
  7. 1 tsp turmeric
  8. ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  9. 1 ltr vegetable stock
  10. 400g tin of chickpeas, drained
  11. 50g tomato purée
  12. 100g puy lentils
  13. 1 tsp sundried tomato paste
  14. 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  15. 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  16. 2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
  17. 1 tbsp celery leaves, finely chopped

    To Serve:

  1. 2 preserved lemons, cut in pieces
  2. 1 small tub of harissa


  1. Get a large saucepan and heat the olive oil up in it. Add the onion and celery then fry gently for about 10 minutes until it has started to soften.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon to the base and cook gently for a further 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the spices from sticking.
  3. Add the stock and bring to the boil.
  4. Add the puy lentils, chickpeas, tomato puree and tomatoes. Leave the soup to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Now add the fresh herbs and the cornflour/water mix. Stir in well before leaving to cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. When it’s time to serve place the soup into soup bowls or a soup terrine and drizzle a bit of juice from the lemon over the top.
  7. Finish by adding a good spoonful of harissa in the middle of each bowl and top with the chopped lemon (if serving from the terrine serve the harissa separately in a small bowl and let people help themselves.)

One thought on “North African Harira Soup

  1. What is the correct recipe for Harissa paste? Is it made up of Rose water, chilli's and Lemopn juice?

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