Harira vegetable soup with barley and quinoa

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Harira vegetable soup with barley and quinoa

Serves: 8-10
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 2 stems celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1 cm dice
  • 1 fat clove garlic, minced
  • 3cm piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 300ml tomato passata
  • ⅔ cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup barley, rinsed and drained
  • 6½ cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 400g tin chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • chopped flat leaf parsley and mint, to serve
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
Method
  1. Heat a small pan over a medium heat and dry toast the cumin seeds until fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Crush lightly in a mortar and pestle.
  2. In a large saucepan, sauté the the onions in the olive oil for several minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
  3. Add the ginger and all the spices, including the crushed cumin and lemon zest. Stir through and toast for just a minute or so until you smell the lemony oils.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste and add the chopped tomatoes, tomato passata, lentils, barley and stock. Bring the soup up to a boil, cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Now add the quinoa and simmer for a further 15-20 minutes or until the barley is tender and the quinoa is softened and swelled.
  6. Add the chickpeas and lemon juice and heat through.
  7. To serve, scatter with a handful of the herbs and chopped walnuts.

Love this recipe from Bibby’s Kitchen at 36 – visit their website www.bibbyskitchenat36.com for more!

Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.