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Harira Soup

gluten free
wheat free
low fat low sugar, diabetic friendly
2 spoon difficulty rating

50 minutes

or 10 minutes preparation plus overnight cooking in a slow cooker

Serves: 4

Harira Soup

This has to be one of Viva!’s most favourite soups. It’s a soupy stew so practically a meal in itself, but try it with salad and wholemeal bread for an even more substantial feast.  Despite its sumptuous flavours, it is also low fat, so a bit of a winner really!

It would easily lend itself to a crockpot/slow cooker. Just lightly fry the onions in a little oil spray with the spices then add everything else. Put the crockpot on the lowest setting and let it do its aromatic thing.


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1L vegetable stock (eg Green Oxo, Kallo vegetable cubes or Marigold bouillon in red or purple tub - not the green tub)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 good pinch of cayenne or chilli powder
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 medium-large potato, diced
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1 tin of brown or green lentils
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges to serve


1. In a soup pan, simmer onions in 1 cup of stock for 10 minutes.

2. Combine cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and cayenne in a small bowl and add 2-3 tbsp of hot liquid to form a paste.

3. Stir this paste into pot along with carrots, celery and remaining stock.

4. Bring to boil then lower heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

5. Add tomatoes and potatoes and continue to cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes tender. Crumble in the saffron.

6. Stir in lentils, chickpeas, coriander, lemon, salt and pepper. Serve hot, with lemon wedges on the side - and harissa paste if you like a little extra spiciness.

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