Vegetarian Moroccan Harira

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    Harira is a famous Moroccan soup, and here's a hearty vegetarian version - packed with tomatoes and chickpeas, and flavoured with paprika, turmeric, saffron, ginger and harissa. The amount of water can be adjusted depending on the thickness you want. I like this soup pretty thick and nourishing, so I do not add too much water.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 5 

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 1kg tomatoes, diced
    • 250g cooked chickpeas
    • 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped
    • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
    • 20 fresh mint leaves, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 pinch saffron threads
    • 1/2 teaspoon harissa
    • 1L water
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1 tablespoon plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon cornflour
    • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, halved

    Directions
    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil and add the diced onion. Cook and stir until softened, then add the diced tomatoes, chickpeas, coriander, parsley, mint, paprika, turmeric, ginger, saffron and the harissa paste. Add a litre of water and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.
    2. After 30 minutes, take a few tablespoons of the broth, and mix with the cornflour and the flour until smooth. Pour the flour mixture into the soup and mix well. Add the cherry tomatoes. Bring to the boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes to let the soup thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

    Tip

    If you have time, peel your tomatoes. To do this, cut an 'x' on the bottom of each; submerge in boiling water for 25 seconds; transfer to an ice water bath; then peel gently and dice.

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