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This easy Moroccan Harira is weeknight ready with its simple ingredients and one pot cooking. Go international and enjoy dinner tonight! | asimplepantry.com

Easy Moroccan Harira

Course Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Ground Lamb
  • 1 Red Onion finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro minced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger grated
  • 1 Tbsp Raz El Hanout
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 6 C Chicken Stock
  • 2 Plum Tomatoes diced
  • ¼ C Pereg French Lentils
  • ½ C Canned Garbanzo Beans
  • ¼ C Basmati Rice
  • Pinch of Saffron
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese


  • In a large pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil, followed by the ground lamb. Cook until browned, crumbling as it cooks, around 5 minutes. Drain excess fat.
  • Add the onion, cilantro, garlic, and ginger and cook until tender, around 5 minutes. Stir in the raz el hanout.
  • Add the tomatoes, cinnamon stick, and chicken stock, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the lentils, garbanzo beans, and rice, stir to combine, cover, and continue cooking for another 30 minutes, or until the lentils and rice are soft.
  • Ground the saffron with the back of a spoon and add to the harira, stir gently, and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Serve immediately with a heaping dollop of cream cheese