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Moroccan Chickpea Soup

(Chorba Bil Hamus)

This hearty Moroccan soup is fragrant, earthy, colorful, and chunky with a lemony spice broth tanged yellow by saffron. In Morocco it would be one of several courses, but it's excellent served hot as a meal to 6-8 people.

Garnish: parsley and/or cilantro, chopped

Drain the chickpeas and put them in a Dutch over with the lamb, chicken, giblets, parsley, salt, spices, onion, and oil. Cover with 8 cups of water, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat--covering and simmering for an hour. Add the tomato paste and simmer for another hour.

Fish out the lamb, chicken, and giblets and cut into a dice, discarding the bones. Return the meat to the soup, add the potatoes, and simmer another 30 minutes. When ready to serve, stir in the lemon juice, adjust for seasoning, ladle into bowls, and garnish with a handful of chopped parsley or cilantro.