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    Shorba Libiya - Libyan Lamb & Chickpea Soup

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    1 hr 5 mins

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    Um Safia's Note:

    There are many versions of this Libyan classic, this recipe is the basic recipe, to which other bits & pieces may be added depending on the region & household. Although lamb is traditionally used here, you may also substitute beef or chicken. Shorba is an essential dish during Ramadan as well as throughout the rest of the year.

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    1. 1
      Heat the oil in a large casserole or stock pot. Gently fry the onion for a few minutes, until pale golden & soft.
    2. 2
      Add the lamb, chickpeas, tomato puree, spices & salt, cooking for a few more minutes & stirring well.
    3. 3
      Add the water to the pot, this should cover the mixture - add 1/4 litre more if required. (If adding extra water, remember that you'll need to add a little extra spice & salt to compensate).
    4. 4
      Cover & simmer over a medium heat for approx 45-50 minutes or until the lamb is tender & the soup flavourful. You may add a little extra water again at this point but remember to adjust the seasoning if you do.
    5. 5
      Add the dried mint & the lemon, return to the heat for a further 3-4 minutes then serve.
    6. 6
      Serve each bowl of shorba with a sprig of fresh mint & a lemon wedge on the side.

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    Nutritional Facts for Shorba Libiya - Libyan Lamb & Chickpea Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (331 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 259.5
    Calories from Fat 67
    Total Fat 7.5 g
    Saturated Fat 2.4 g
    Cholesterol 81.2 mg
    Sodium 246.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
    Sugars 2.3 g
    Protein 28.8 g

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