Algerian Food – Harira

Algerian Food - Harira

Algerian Food – Harira

Harira, a hearty and nourishing soup, is a cornerstone of Algerian cuisine with deep historical roots. Originating from Algeria, Harira reflects the diverse culinary influences of the region, blending Berber, Arab, and French traditions.
Traditionally associated with Ramadan, Harira has become a symbol of breaking the fast during this holy month. Beyond religious observances, Harira is enjoyed throughout the year, embodying the essence of Algerian comfort food and communal dining.
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Algerian
Servings 6 People
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1 cup red lentils washed
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup fine vermicelli or broken angel hair pasta
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • Preparing the Base
  • Sauté Onion and Tomatoes:
  • In a large pot, heat olive oil and sauté chopped onions until translucent.
  • Add diced tomatoes and cook until softened.
  • Add Lentils and Chickpeas:
  • Incorporate red lentils and soaked chickpeas, stirring to combine.
  • Stir in Tomato Paste and Spices:
  • Add tomato paste, ground ginger, ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir well to infuse flavors into the base.
  • Cooking Steps
  • Simmer and Cook Lentils:
  • Pour enough water to cover the ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let it simmer until lentils and chickpeas are tender.
  • Add Vegetables:
  • Introduce chopped celery, diced carrots, fresh cilantro, and fresh parsley.
  • Allow the vegetables to cook until softened.
  • Add Vermicelli:
  • Stir in fine vermicelli or broken angel hair pasta, letting it cook until done.
  • Adjust Seasoning:
  • Taste the Harira and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  • Serve Hot:
  • Ladle Harira into bowls and serve hot with lemon wedges on the side.
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