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Moroccan Beef or Lamb Soup with Chickpeas and Lentils
This aromatic Moroccan dish, called harira, traditionally is served during Ramadan to break the daily fast. It's sometimes vegetarian, other times meaty, and depending on the the cook its consistency may be thick and hearty or light and brothy. Our recipe calls for lamb, but you could substitute an equal amount of boneless beef chuck. Note that the chickpeas require soaking to cook at the same rate as the meat. For convenience, however, you can skip the dried chickpeas and simply stir 1 cup of drained canned chickpeas into the stew at the end. Serve with lemon wedges and a drizzle of grassy extra-virgin olive oil, and offer crusty bread for soaking up the broth.
cup dried chickpeas
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
01In a small bowl, stir together 2 cups water and 1½ teaspoons salt. Add the chickpeas and soak at room temperature for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours. Drain and set aside. On a 6-quart Instant Pot, select Normal/Medium Sauté. Add the oil and heat until shimmering. Add the celery, onion, garlic, ginger and 2½ teaspoons salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the cinnamon, paprika and 1½ teaspoons pepper, then cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes and 4 cups water, scraping up browned bits. Add the lamb, lentils and chickpeas; stir to combine, then distribute in an even layer.
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