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Another Loubia B'lham - White Bean & Lamb Soup

algerian loubia b'lham - white bean & lamb soup recipe
Rainy days in England call for soup, Algerian soup.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with my first loubia b'lham, this is just another version, which in my opinion is marginally better.
Unlike the original, the spices linger on the tongue and it's more vibrant in colour because i didn't cook the beans to a mush red + white = orange, don't tell me you already know

I don't know about most food bloggers but i certainly don't have my dslr raring to go at every foodie moment so photos here are often taken with my phone and are essential for me to keep this blog going at a steady pace. As a mother of 3 young children you don't always have time or enthusiasm to set up the scene and I'm fine with that, most of the time.

What's different?
I used:-
  • lamb neck on the bone for more flavour. You could use beef if you prefer.
  • a vegetable stock cube in place of most of the salt, again more flavour
  • replaced 1/2 teaspoon of sweet paprika for smoked paprika, for a different flavour
  • added 1/2 teaspoon ras el hanout, do i have to say why?
  • increased the amount of garlic and ground cumin
  • used an indian bay leaf but european would work just fine
  • used a jar of giant loubia blanca / beans  but again any would work and if you're so inclined (i wish i was more organised) you can use 200 grams dry beans which you have pre-soaked the night before and half cooked - don't waste the cooking liquid add that as the amount of water called for in below recipe.
  • garnished soup with fresh coriander because, well who doesn't love fresh herbs in soup?!  
If you're still reading and ready let's get cracking (no eggs involved) 
algerian loubia b'lham - white bean & lamb soup recipe

Loubia B'lham

Recipe Source: adapted from orig loubia b'lham
Level: Easy (i say that about all my recipes)
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours
Serves: 4


2 tablespoon oil (any)
500 grams halal lamb neck on bone, pieces 
1 onion, finely chopped 
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ras el hanout
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 
1 bay leaf
1 organic veg stock cube
salt and pepper, to taste (for me 1/8 S 1/4 P)
3/4 tablespoon double concentrate tomato puree
2 carrots, peeled and cut into medium rounds
2 fresh tomatoes or 5 tablespoon tin chopped tomatoes.
570 grams jumbo white beans (lubia granja), drained and rinsed
800ml water

to serve

fresh coriander, chopped


  1. In a large soup pan on medium - low heat add oil then gently fry meat, onion, garlic, spices, seasonings and bay leaf for 5-10 minutes until meat has browned and onions have softened, stir often and add splash of water if needed (so that the spices don't burn).
  2. Add tomato paste, cook for 1 minute more then add carrots, tomatoes, beans, stock cube and water bring to boil, cover then reduce heat till you reach a light simmer. cook for 1 hour 50 minutes. Serve garnished with fresh coriander.

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At 17 October 2014 at 17:22 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm loving all of these warm weather soups you've been posting! I just returned from California (where we had been experiencing an over-extended summer), and I've been freezing in these lower temperatures! Looks great mA!

At 17 October 2014 at 19:52 , Blogger Halal Home Cooking - UmmHamza said...

Welcome home henna and stay warm! Hot coco and warm wooly jumper weather is here to stay.


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