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Shorba Libiya – Libyan Lamb And Chickpea Soup

Libyan Lamb And Chickpea Soup
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Shorba Libiya - Libyan Lamb And Chickpea Soup

The food of Libya can be summed up in this ever-present bowl of soup. It contains all the ingredients that show up in so many other Libyan dishes: tomatoes, onions, lamb, harissa, paprika, chillies or cayenne pepper, saffron, chickpeas, mint, coriander and parsley, as well as pasta, couscous or barley.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Soups & Chowders
Cuisine: Libyan
Servings: 6 servings
Author: The Cook

Ingredients

  • tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • cups chopped onion
  • 225 g boneless lamb shoulder, finely chopped
  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 85 g tomato paste
  • ½ tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon harissa, or cayenne pepper, quantity to taste
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup orzo, fine pearl barley, or couscous
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained (use canned for convenience if you wish)
  • ¾ tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • ¾ tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ½ tablespoon dried mint.

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a 4 litre casserole or saucepan. Add onion and lamb and cook, stirring frequently, until just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, paprika, cayenne or harissa, saffron and salt and pepper. Stir, then add 8 cups water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes.
  • Add orzo and chickpeas and cook 15 minutes, until orzo is tender.
  • Add coriander and parsley. Taste and adjust salt and cayenne or harissa.
  • Add dried mint. Cook for 5 minutes, then serve.
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Nutrition

Serving: 0serving | Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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