Hsou is a spicy and hearty Tunisian soup eaten with a chunk of bread. It's often prepared during Ramadan.
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup semolina
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp harissa
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chopped parsley to garnish
  1. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onions gently for 8-10 minutes until they are just starting to turn brown at the edges.
  2. Add the spices, tomato paste and harissa. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the celery and garlic. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add 1 litre (32 fl oz) of water and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  5. Prepare the lemon by cutting two slices from one end then slice the peel off the remainder. Dice the remaining flesh and remove any pips.
  6. Add the semolina to the soup, mix and continue cooking for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Add the lemon chunks and cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve.
Titli's Tips
This soup comes from Tozeur in south-eastern Tunisia. It is almost a meal in itself when served with a big chunk of bread.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 277 13%
Calories from Fat 185
Total Fat 20.6g 31%
Saturated Fat 2.8g 13%
Unsaturated Fat 16.8g
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 20.0g 6%
Dietary Fibre 1.8g 7%
Sugars 0.7g
Protein 3.5g 7%
Cholesterol 0.0mgs 0%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.