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Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Yield: 16–20 servings

The flavors for this traditional Moroccan favorite originated with Michael Medina’s mother and grandmother, for use at his Distrikt Bistro and The Kosher Kitchen Catering Co. This exact recipe, however, was developed by Avi Harouch, Medina’s chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America. Harira is usually made with beef broth, but this vegetarian version appeals to even more people and can be served with dairy meals and to vegetarians. Don’t be put off by the quantity it makes – this soup is a great one for a crowd or freezing in serving-sized portions ready to warm you up after a hard day. If you still want to make less, just use your math skills to reduce the ingredient quantities, keeping in mind that all that really matters is how it tastes to you in the end.


  • 3 yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon crushed chili flakes
  • Pinch of saffron
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 pounds lentils, uncooked
  • 2 gallons vegetable/pareve stock
  • 1 pound garbanzo beans (chickpeas), cooked firm
  • 3 cups fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • Garnish: Fresh lemon and chopped cilantro


In a large soup pot, sauté onions, celery and garlic in olive oil until onions and garlic soften. Add all the spices, lentils and stock, and stir well. Cook covered on medium heat until tender (about 30 minutes). Add chickpeas and tomatoes. Simmer on low heat for another 30 minutes or so. Always taste to make sure not to over- or under-cook. Finish with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Please note: This recipe is for a large guest count. Make adjustments as needed for a smaller yield. The more traditional harira soup uses beef and beef stock. This is the pareve or vegetarian version. More information about The Kosher Kitchen Catering Co. at

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