My husband is very picky how he likes his Harira. His sister gave me her recipe so I could make it for him during Ramadan. This soup will keep for several days in the refrigerator or it can be frozen. Sometimes bite size pieces of beef or lamb is added to the soup at the beginning of cooking.
These Moroccan pancakes have a light spongy texture. They are cooked on one side in a griddle or flat earthenware pan so that little holes prick the top & give it the attractive honeycomb appearance. Beghrir is often served with honey & melted butter. This recipe makes a large number of pancakes. They can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. To cut down on cooking time I use a griddle so I can make several pancakes at a time. If you use fast rising yeast the batter may thicken as it sits. Try making 1 or 2 pancakes & if they seem too thick then add a small amount of water to the batter, a couple of spoonfuls. This should take care of the problem. (The prep time the rest time for the batter.)
This Moroccan dish is usually served at weddings. An authentic bisteeya has almonds & powered sugar inside the pie & dusted on top. My family & I didn't like the sweet flavor so I omitted it from the recipe.
The first time you make this recipe it may seem overwhelming because of all the steps but it is well worth it. Having a second pair of hands is a big help when making this dish. I got my 12-yr-old to stir the eggs while I pulled apart the chicken. The second & third time I made it I used my pressure cooker & it cut down the cooking time significantly.
I have tried several recipes for chicken with lemon & olives but it never did taste the same as I had while in Morocco. When visiting my Moroccan sister-in-law this week she showed me how it is traditionally made. Many times it is served with fried potatoes on top. (Peel & cut the potatoes into french fry length then fry until golden brown.) Smen is rancid butter similar to ghee but with spices added. It can be purchased online or at a Middle Eastern store. Prep time does not include marinating time.