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Harira Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Jenny Hanlin
Added: Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
*1.5 c dried chickpeas, picked over and rinsed, or 3 c canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
*0.25 lb. boneless lamb shoulder/stew meat, cut into tiny, tiny pieces
*2 med. onions, finely chopped
0.25 tsp crumbled saffron threads
0.25 tsp freshly ground black pepper
8 c. water
1 c. lentils, picked over and rinsed
0.5 c long-grain white rice
1 T tomato paste
1 c. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 c. finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 tsp. salt

Directions:
Directions:
If using dried chickpeas, cover with water by 2 inches, refrigerated, and let soak for at least 2 hours; drain. An alternative to the long soak is the fast soak: put chickpeas in a saucepan and cover with 2 inches of cold water. Bring to a boil and boil for two minutes, then remove from the heat and let the beans soak, covered, for one hour. Drain.
Transfer soaked chickpeas to a large saucepan and add cold water to cover by three inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer chickpeas, covered, until just tender, about one hour; drain.
Combine chickpeas (freshly cooked or canned) lamb, onions, saffron, pepper, and water in a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simer, covered, for 45 minutes.
Stir in lentils, rice, tomato paste, parsley, cilantro, and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in salt.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8 (14 cups)
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
1 3/4 hours plus soaking time
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Read this recipe and note the double boil of the chickpeas if you fast-soak. While this recipe takes a long time, the actual time chopping and measuring time is really minimal. It's great to throw this on while you are cleaning or doing something else.

 

 

 

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