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Exploring the Culinary Heritage of Libya: Delving into the Authentic Flavors of Shorba

Exploring the Culinary Heritage of Libya: Delving into the Authentic Flavors of Shorba

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Libiyan Shorba (Soup)

Libya, a country situated on the northern coast of Africa, boasts a rich culinary tradition influenced by its diverse history and cultural heritage. Among the beloved dishes that have been cherished by Libyans for generations, Shorba stands out as a popular and comforting recipe. This hearty and aromatic soup truly reflects Libya's culinary prowess, blending Mediterranean and North African flavours. 

Shorba holds a significant place in Libyan cuisine, representing the nation's cultural and historical roots. The origins of this traditional soup can be traced back centuries to the time when Libya was part of the ancient Roman Empire. Over time, Shorba has evolved and adapted, incorporating influences from neighbouring countries such as Tunisia and Egypt, while maintaining its authentic Libyan character.

Servings: 6

Keywords: Soup

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hours 0 mins




  • 1 pound Lamb or beef, cubed (optional)
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 2 Potatoes, diced
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 teaspoin Ground Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
  • 6 cups Vegetable or meat broth
  • ¼ cup Chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for sautéing


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté the chopped onion and minced garlic until they become translucent and fragrant.
  2. If using meat, add the cubed lamb or beef to the pot and cook until it browns on all sides. This step is optional, and the soup can be made vegetarian as well.
  3. Add the diced carrots, potatoes, and chopped tomato to the pot. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for a few minutes to enhance the flavours.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper (if using). Mix well to create a spice blend.
  5. Sprinkle the spice blend over the vegetables and meat, stirring to ensure everything is coated evenly.
  6. Pour in the vegetable or meat broth, covering the ingredients in the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until the meat is tender and the flavours have melded together. If making a vegetarian version, simmer until the vegetables are cooked through and tender.
  8. Once the soup is ready, stir in the fresh chopped parsley.
  9. Serve the Shorba hot, traditionally accompanied by warm bread or couscous.
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