Life in Wassenaar
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By: Muna Mahdzar Fadaaq

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Harira-inspired Porridge

Harira-inspired Porridge
A Moroccan-inspired dish

1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, minced
1 boneless chicken breast
1 canned garbanzo beans ( chickpeas, or kacang kuda from mamak kacang putih)
1 cup lentils, soaked overnight
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp sweet paprika powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
3/4 cup tomato puree
1 lemon
coriander leaves
salt, pepper
1 cup couscous

Heat oil in a large soup pot, cook the onions and chicken until onions are soft and translucent.

Add turmeric,ginger, paprika and 2 litres water. Cover and bring to rolling boil. Reduce heat and add lentils and garbanzo beans and cook until tender about 1 hour.

Add in tomato puree, chopped coriander, pepper, juice of 1 lemon and drop in 1/2 of the squeezed lemon and salt to taste. Cover and cook for additional 25 minutes.

Add in couscous.

Serve with any flat bread or crusty french baguette.

Note: You may substitute couscous with any small soup pasta or rice, if you prefer.


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Aliza -- especially for people yang mengidam or suka makanan yang masam

Lee Lin -- thank you.....Muna suka benda yang simple

Mamafami -- we all suka sangat makan couscous.... kalau kena gaya memang sedap. Tapi some people tak suka....macam makan habuk, they say. This soup is famous in Morocco during Ramadhan.

Yvonne -- yup, it's still up there!!

RinnChan -- nak beli, not a problem tapi nak hantaq kat mana???!!
Memang rasa macam nasi tomato lembik.....kita sakitlah, mulut tak sedap, so, cari benda-benda yang masam dan soupy.

Zaza -- maybe I was melalut panjang sangat... no worries.
I wanted to do the vlaai so badly after reading your recomendations...but, I need someone to share it is soooo's the type of food that stays in your bottom happily ever after

Mamasya -- soup tu lama sikit nak masak.... Di Morocco, mereka memang berbuka dengan soup ni dan selalunya they prefer to use lamb instead of chicken.

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