Harira - A Spiced Moroccan Chicken and Vegetable Soup
In looking at all of the spices on the shelf, my eye first darted past the harissa but quickly darted back. It had been awhile since I had explored cooking with it. It is a spice or paste that is said to have originated in Tunisia but can be found across North Africa. Harissa ingredients vary across the region based on the country and ethnicity. Basically, it is a combination of hot peppers, herbs, garlic salt and olive oil. It is hot! It is as common place in the area as mustard and ketchup!
I was in the market for some type of vegetable soup that included harissa in the list of ingredients. I had the basics: chickpeas, lentils, tomatoes, celery, carrots. Plus, I had leftover chicken that I intended to add to the pot. My search for soup stopped when I saw a recipe for Harira, a Moroccan Vegetable Soup. It was the perfect combination of spices and who wouldn't like a version of Harira that originated from a Moroccan grandmother!
Spiced Moroccan Chicken and Vegetable Soup