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“This is the soup that Moroccans traditionally use to break the fast every night of Ramadan. Season with salt, pepper, mint leaves and cinnamon to taste.”


  • 1 pound cubed lamb meat
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 onion, chopped


  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes (800 g)
  • 7 cups water
  • 3/4 cup green lentils
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained (400g)
  • 4 ounces lentils (100g)
  • 1 lemon, juiced


  1. Place the lamb, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, butter, celery, onion, and cilantro into a large soup pot over a low heat. Stir frequently for 5 minutes. Pour tomatoes (reserve juice) into the mixture and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Pour tomato juice, 7 cups water, and the lentils into the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer. Let soup simmer, covered, for 2 hours.
  3. About 10 minutes before serving turn the heat to medium-high, place chickpeas and lentils into the soup, let cook about 15 minutes (until lentils are tendere). Stir in lemon.

Submitted by Ben Helms