Recipe: Ham hock and lentil soup with harissa

By Amanda Laird

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Ham hock and lentil soup with harissa. Photo / Babiche Martens
Ham hock and lentil soup with harissa. Photo / Babiche Martens

Serves 4

Harissa
100g green chillies, de-seeded and chopped
2 tsp garlic, crushed
2 cups fresh coriander, chopped
2 Tbs fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
olive oil
3 tsp salt

Soup
1 Tbs olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 stick of celery, diced
1 1/2 litres chicken or vegetable stock
200g lentils
1 smoked ham hock
2 bay leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pide to serve

1 To make the harissa; put all the ingredients into a food processer and blend while adding enough olive oil to make a paste. The harissa can be put into a jar and covered with a film of oil and will last for at least three months like that.

2 To make the soup; heat the olive oil in a heavy based saucepan then add the vegetables and cook while stirring for approximately 3 minutes or until softened.

3 Add the stock, lentils, ham hock and bay leaves. Simmer for approximately 50 minutes, making sure the lentils are soft.

4 Remove the bay leaves and hock, take the meat off the bone and return to the soup. Season then ladle into warmed bowls and add a swirl of harissa before serving with pide.

- NZ Herald

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