During the chilly winters of Marrakech, where the temperature drops from 40°C Summer highs to below 8°C, there is one Moroccan delicacy that you will see on almost every dinner table, this is Harira soup.

Any local Marrakshi will tell you that the best harira soup is home-made, usually consisting of flour, lentils, cermicelli, beans, tomatoes and occasionally meat balls. The ingredients to Harira can often change depending on which corner of Morocco it’s being made, but it’s nearly always fragrantly seasoned with pepper, ginger and cinnamon.

There is a tradition within the communities of Marrakech whereupon the ingredients for Harira are always purchased after the day of work and before the start of the evening.

In a corner of the Dar Habiba district, there lives an old woman named Fatima and her daughter. Every day Fatima sells more than 150 bowls of harira soup, served with traditional Moroccan bread and eggs.

Harira soup is available at most restaurants and open air stalls in Marrakech, explore the red city and Moroccan cuisine today in one of our luxury Hotel Riads.

Harira is a rich soup based on a red meat stock made with lentils and seasonal fresh vegetables. It is often eaten as part of the Ftour the ‘breakfast’ at the end of the days fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

A stay in one of our traditional riads offers the opportunity to experience the ancient culture of the Medina of Marrakech at first hand.  Our welcoming staff will be pleased to prepare Harira soup for you at any time of the year. Reserve accommodation today!

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White Harira is a traditional Morccan dish mainly served at breakfast. It contains milk and ground wheat seasoned with a little salt.  Delicious with dates it can also be served with sugary cakes.

White Harira is not to be confused with the wholesome Harira soup which is often the first thing Moroccans eat at the end of a days fasting during Ramadan.

Guests at Marrakech Riad Papillon and Marrakech Riad Cinnamon can enjoy freshly prepared warm White Harira as part of our substantial breakfast.

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