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Chorba is a spicy meat and vegetable soup, typical of the Maghreb. This is my own personal version.


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Last modified on: May 4th 2012

For 6 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
57 min.1 hour 11 min.2 hours 8 min.
Preservation: A few days in the fridge in a covered container.
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Step by step recipe

1 Chorba : Photo of step #1Prepare 1 onion and chop, leave 2 cloves garlic "en chemise". 10 min.
2 Chorba : Photo of step #2Prepare and grate 3 carrots. 10 min.
3 Chorba : Photo of step #3Peel and wash 2 turnips, then grate. 10 min.
4 Chorba : Photo of step #4Wash 300 g cauliflower and only keep the small florets. 15 min.
5 Chorba : Photo of step #5Cut 200 g chicken breast into small dice. 5 min.
6 Chorba : Photo of step #6Heat 5 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan and add the chopped onion and garlic clove, salt and pepper.

Cook without colouring.
3 min.
7 Chorba : Photo of step #7Add the carrots, turnip and cauliflower. Mix well. 2 min.
8 Chorba : Photo of step #8Add the chicken and 30 g spices for couscous*. Mix well.

(* see below).
2 min.
9 Chorba : Photo of step #9Cook like this (dry) for 2 or 3 minutes, stirring frequently. 3 min.
10 Chorba : Photo of step #10Pour in 1 litre 500 ml water, add 70 g tomato paste and mix well.

Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and leave to simmer uncovered for about an hour.
1 hour
11 Chorba : Photo of step #11After this, remove the garlic clove and discard, then add 150 g tinned (canned) chickpeas... 3 min.
12 Chorba : Photo of step #12...and 150 g vermicelli.

Leave to cook for a further 5 minutes (check the cooking time of the pasta on the paquet).

Check seasoning.
5 min.
13 Chorba : Photo of step #13Serve piping hot with a generous squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkling of chopped fresh coriander.


As with any "regional" recipe, please remember that this is only ONE chorba recipe and not THE chorba recipe.

The proportions are for guidance, so do vary them to your own taste.

The diced chicken can be either raw or cooked (as in the photos) and this is a good way to use up leftovers.

If you can't find a ready-made mix of couscous spices, you can make your own from: cumin, coriander (ground), cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and turmeric. Paprika, cloves and caraway are also sometimes used.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
220189 gr247 gr95 gr
110 %34 %23 %14 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
633 gr7 gr3 gr
3 %1 %1 %<1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
36614 gr41 gr15 gr
18 %6 %4 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 people : 8.68 €
Per person : 1.45 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: An Algerian red wine, one from the Medea region, for example, or any other full-bodied red.
Source: Home made
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