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Harira (Moroccan Bean Soup)

According to Troth Wells's The World of Street Food, harira is Morocco's national soup. The dish usually consists of either chickpeas or lentils, along with tomatoes, saffron, and other spices. Of course, as is the case with most national dishes, there are hundreds of variations, including some that contain meat, fresh dates, and nuts.

Since it was my first time making harira, I figured this relatively spare version would be the perfect way to go. It's also meatless and can be made vegetarian by swapping out the chicken stock for vegetable stock or water.

Either way, the first thing you'll notice is the aroma and red tint from the healthy pinch of saffron. But it's also infused with ginger, turmeric, and both cilantro and parsley. Though I was worried about adding the flour slurry at the end—it's not even cooked that long—it seems to have worked well. Either way, some lemon juice at the end really helps to balance each spoonful.

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