Algerian Classic Spiced Soup Herira

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

An inspired soup with a wide assortment of spices, seasonings, lamb or chicken and the unique chamira—a fermented potion that thickens the soup somewhat and adds characteristic flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. PREPARE THE CHAMIRA: Mix the flour and vinegar together: Cover the bowl and let stand in a warm place in the kitchen overnight or longer to ferment. Add to the soup toward the end of the cooking process.
  2. PREPARE THE SOUP: Pout the oil, lamb and onion in a large pan and stir fry over low heat for 5 minutes to change the color.
  3. Add the tomatoes, coriander, parsley, celery, salt, pepper, ½ teaspoon caraway, cinnamon, chili powder, saffron and anise and mix well. Add the water and bring to a boil. Add the chick peas and lentils and cover the pan. Simmer over low heat for 1 ½ hours.
  4. Add the tomato paste, rice and chamira and stir frequently for 15 minutes so that the chamira does not stick to the pan. Add the balance of the caraway (1/2 teaspoon) and remove the soup from the heat.
  5. Serve warm with lemon wedges and squeeze as much juice into the soup as desired.
  6. Serves 8 as a first course.
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