Harira - Moroccan Lamb Stew

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

I learned how to make this from an ex-boyfriend's mother. This stew has a very unique flavor. You can substitute beef if you prefer.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the lamb, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, margarine, celery, onion, and cilantro into a large soup pot over a low heat.
  2. Stir frequently for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour tomatoes (reserve juice) into the mixture and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Pour tomato juice, 7 cups water, and the lentils into the pot.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer.
  6. Let soup simmer, covered, for 2 hours.
  7. About 10 minutes before serving turn the heat to medium-high, place chickpeas and noodles into the soup, let cook about 10 minutes (until noodles are al dente).
  8. Stir in lemon and eggs, let eggs cook 1 minute.
Most Helpful

Oh my goodness! This was a fantastic soup. The flavors combinations are delicious. The only thing I changed was the cooking technique. As the spice mixture is very similar to what Indian's use, I used my mothers method for cooking just about anything. Saute onions for a few minutes, then add spices, cook a few minutes more-until the oils have released then continue as directed. It came out beautifully! Thanks for a great simple recipe.

RehReh February 20, 2008

I hate to give such an average rating; but, it smelled sooo delicious; but, i found the flavour really disappointed. I went through every review adding any extras that others have added & still felt the flavour's just didn't add up to a great recipe. sorry. the stew was edible; but, i won't try it again. sorry :(

um-um-good January 07, 2009

This was my 1st attempt in making this dish - and we LOVED it! I used bone-in lamb pieces, added 2 cloves garlic, used red lentils instead of green and skipped the eggs. Also, I first sauteed the onions and garlic just to brown it up a bit and then added in the spices, lamb and salt, then carried on as per the recipe. DH, who avoids lentils like the plague, did not whinge! Next time, I shall add in a few strands of saffron and maybe try to spice it up a bit more by adding ground cumin and coriander. Thank you, Mirj, for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Aaliyah's&Aaron'sMum December 03, 2007