- Harira is traditionally served each night of Ramadan to break the fast.
- 1/4 pound dried chickpeas
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup diced onions
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes and their juices
- 1 1/2 quarts rich chicken stock
- 1/4 pound dried green lentils
- 1/2 cup long-grain rice
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- Cilantro sprigs, for garnishing
- Pick over the chickpeas, cover with cold water, and soak overnight at room temperature. Drain chickpeas and rinse well with cold running water. Drain and set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the chicken pieces with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add the chicken in batches, and cook until well browned, about 4 minutes per batch. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. Add the onions and celery and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the ginger, turmeric, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pan and add the tomatoes and their juices, stirring well. Stir in the chicken stock, lentils, and chickpeas and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook at a gentle simmer for 1 hour.
- Add the rice and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and return the soup to a simmer. Cook covered for 30 minutes. Remove the lid, add the cilantro, parsley, and lemon juice and cook, uncovered for 5 minutes.
- Ladle into warmed soup bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs.