Moroccan Harira Soup {Recipe}

Harira is a Moroccan soup that is mostly eaten during Ramadan by residents but often made year round for visitors who want a local taste.

The name harira, derived from the Arabic word meaning silk, takes it’s name from the texture of the soup after it’s been thickened with the egg at the end.

While I was visiting Morocco, I was surprised at the different ways it was made. From the hotel in Rabat to the riad in Tétouan, they each had their own spin.

I wanted to try out my version tonight that I thought my family would like and they loved it. I used beef and my youngest said she would like to try it with chicken next time, while my husband wanted a version with no meat. We’ll keep playing around with it and if you do make it for your family, make sure to let us know!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef
  • 2 TB Olive oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Celery stalks
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 cup Lentils
  • 1 can drained Chickpeas
  • Parsley bunch
  • Cilantro bunch
  • 1 can Tomato sauce
  • 8 cups beef bouillon/broth
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 TB Flour
  • 2 TB Lemon juice
  • 2 cups water

I started by browning the meat in the olive oil.

Once it was done, I set it aside in my cooking pot and used the meat juices to cook the chopped onion. After five minutes of medium heat, I added the celery and carrots.

I also added all the spices and cooked everything for an additional five minutes.

Now that the celery and carrots had softened just a little, I added the meat mixture on top so I could use the pot to get the water mixture started. I boiled the eight cups of beef broth and added the chickpeas, lentils and tomato sauce. Once everything started to boil, I added the meat and other vegetables back in to simmer for one hour.

My timer told me after an hour that it was time to add the finally chopped parsley and cilantro and let that cook for an additional ten minutes.

While that was on the stove, I whisked together the water, egg, flour and lemon juice and slowly added it in for an additional five minutes.

The soup is wonderful with bread to help soak up the last few drops. Be sure to leave leftovers for the next day. One of my favorite foods for breakfast at the Rabat hotel was their harira and many Moroccans swear their favorite soup is best eaten as a leftover.

If you enjoyed making this soup, make sure you stop by these other yummy foods to make for Ramadan

Libyan Sharba Soup {Recipe}

Palestinian Spinach and Lentil Soup {Recipe}

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see what other foods you can make from the Arab world.

Libya Collage Pin {Tutorial}

Libya has been on our minds a lot lately due to the recent turmoil. My daughter made this Ramadan craft as a pin so she could wear it to school.

While she was making it, we talked about the Libya flag and what the colors stood for. It consists of a white star and crescent on a triband red-black-green design, with the central black band being twice the width of the outer bands. The flag fell out of use in 1969 and effectively reinstated as the country’s national flag on 3 August 2011.

The crescent is symbolic of the beginning of the lunar month according to the Muslim calendar and the star represents our smiling hope. The red was selected for the blood sacrificed for the freedom of Libya, black to remember the dark days that Libyans lived under the occupation of the Italians and green to represent its primary wealth, agriculture.

We found a stamp of the Libya flag and used it as part of a collage to make the pin, adding green & yellow arabesque patterned paper, plus dimensional glittered Mod Podge for a little sparkle.

Supplies

  • Paintbrush (2)
  • Mod Podge
  • Glue
  • Pin backing
  • Foam core
  • Stamp image
  • Patterned card stock
  • Xacto
  • Glittered Mod Podge

My daughter started her craft by using the Mod Podge to attach the stamp to the pattered paper.

She let the paper dry before flipping it over to figure out where the foam core is placed. She cut the corners at an angle before attaching the paper to the foam with Mod Podge.

My daughter added more Mod Podge to the edges of the paper and firmly folded it over so that it was snug.

To add a little bit of sparkle to the pin, my daughter added glittered Mod Podge around the outside frame of the stamp.

My daughter let everything dry for a few hours before adding the pin backing with glue.


Let the pin back set for a full 24 hours. If you would like to make another pin for your backpack, visit these other tutorials

Couscous Heart Pin {Tutorial}

Ramadan My First Fast Award {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other activities that teach about Arab countries.

Nakba Shrinky Dink Key Chain {Tutorial}

Nakba Day (Arabic: يوم النكبة in Arabic, which means meaning “Day of the Catastrophe”) is observed on 15 May.

For Palestinians it is an annual day of commemoration of the displacement from their homes.

During the 1948 Palestine war, hundreds of thousands fled or were expelled, and their towns and villages were destroyed.

The key is a symbol of the houses which Palestinians left as part of the Nakba. We have made a key charm before, so today my daughter and I made a key chain out of shrinky dink. We included a key, an outline of Palestine in 1948 that has a keffiyeh design inside, plus a Palestinian flag.

Supplies

  • White shrinky dink
  • Palestine shapes found online
  • Sharpies in Black, Green and Red
  • Scissors
  • Key chain
  • O-rings
  • Pliers
  • Hole punch

My daughter started by tracing out the flag design on the white shrinky dink, then she cut it out. She used the Sharpies to fill in the colors: red on the triangle, black on the top panel and green on the bottom panel. Once she had finished coloring in the flag, she placed a hole in the upper left corner.

We read the instructions on the back of the shrinky dink packaging to see how to heat them up in our oven. After the flag came out of the oven and had cooled, my daughter added the O-ring to it with the pliers to secure it to the key chain.

She traced out the key and country outline next, before spending some time coloring them in as well.

Now our Nakba key chain is ready to be used.

Stop by these other tutorials to learn about Palestine

Palestine Landscape Notebook {Tutorial}

Palestine Is In My Heart T-shirt {Tutorial}

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more activities that teach about the Arab world