Harira (Beef and Chickpea Soup)

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

A wonderful soup from Morocco that is rich enough to serve as both a soup and a stew. It is made either with Saffron or Tumeric. I broke down and splurged on the Saffron. It cost about $16.00 for a small jar. But guess what, you don't use very much at all. It is not as expensive as you thing, since you only use a couple of strands per recipe. So, live a little.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown beef in butter in a large, heavy saucepan. Add carrots, celery, onion, cinnamon, saffron or tumeric and cook until tender.
  2. Add broth and barley, cover and simmer over low heat 1 1/4 hours.
  3. Add chickpeas, tomatoes,parsley, oregano and lemon juice; cook 15 minutes or longer, stirring occasionally.
Most Helpful

Very tasty but not very soupy. More like a casserole. Easy & yummy regardless. Made for NA/ME travels to Morocco 12/12!

Elmotoo December 08, 2012

You are right - this is a wonderful soup/stew! I made exactly as written, used saffron and would not change a thing. I served pita bread along with it. Made by Unrulies under the Influence / ZWT6

Deantini June 07, 2010