FOOD SECTION: HARIRA SOUP

Moroccan Harira is a perfect soup to warm you up during cold days. To us, it brings back memories of our travels in this beautiful country. Prepared by every mum and grandma in Morocco with their own recipe, it’s one of the most popular dishes served during fasting month of Ramadan. Perfectly composed spices and fresh herbs make Harira to one of the best comfort soups in the world. Enjoy!

 

INGREDIENS:

  • 500 g lamb chops or beef, diced
  • 1 big onion, finely chopped
  • 400 g diced tomatoes (1 tin)
  • 400 g canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 400 g green lentils
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 big carrots, cut into cubes
  • 0.5 l vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • few dates

SEASONINGS AND HERBS:

  • bunch of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • pinch of saffron
  • pinch of black pepper
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of harissa paste or a pinch of chilli flakes
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • olive oil

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PREPARATION:

  • Heat up olive oil in a deep, thick-bottomed pot and fry the meat on each side.
  • Add diced onion and celery and fry together for a while.
  • Add the spices: crushed coriander seeds, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and ginger. Stir in harisa or chilli flakes together with saffron. Keep on a medium flame for a few minutes.
  • Pour in vegetable stock, add chickpeas and leave to simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  • Add green lentils, carrots and tomatoes together with tomato paste. Take a half of chopped cilantro and a half of parsley, add to the pot.
  • Cook for 20 minutes stiring from time to time.
  • Season with salt and fresh pepper, add the lemon juice.
  • Serve with fresh cilantro, parsley and chopped dates.

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We are Marta and Ben, a Polish-German couple currently traveling the world. We’ve met last year, both with specified and fixed plans, following two different paths. And even though it seemed impossible, we decided to be together against all (so many!) odds. Since then we travel together, share big and small dreams, live great moments and face troubles. We laugh loud and argue loud, we cry, smile, party and have fun together each day. We live in constant need to visit new places. We share the urge to discover, learn and understand new cultures, traditions and customs. We crave to see all world’s wonders. We want to meet beautiful people and get to know their stories. We would like to listen to local music, taste delicious food, swim in different seas and sleep under different skies. We wish to speak various languages but sometimes just stay speechless. We want an adventure. Our dream and plan is to travel from Argentina to Alaska on a tandem bicycle and visit all the countries of South, Latin and North America. This means that we are going to cover the distance of 30 000 km in three years time.

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