Shorba Dajaj

I am a soup person I would happily live on soup, salad and bread forever those are my favorites after all. This recipe is at the top of my soup list and I could go for it anytime but it especially popular throughout the month of Ramadan. Muslims usually break their fast with sometime of soup. In Saudi its Quaker soup, in Algerian shorba frik, Moroccan harira and The Emirates have shorba dajaj which is just a simple chicken noodle style of soup.

If you have fresh chicken stock on hand use 4 cups then 4 cups of water if not you can use 8 cups of water and 4 chicken bouillon cubes. Also choose your favorite pieces of the chicken or you can use mixed. I usually use chicken bread and chicken legs so my entire family is happy. Make sure to always use chicken with skin and bones, that where the taste comes from after all.
1 cup cilantro, fresh, cleaned and chopped
6 pieces of chicken (bones and skin)
1 large white onion, diced
8 cups water
4 chicken bouillon cubes (I use Maggi)
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups dried vermicelli
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
Juice from 1 lemon
1 lemon quartered for serving
1. In a stock pot on high heat add water, chicken cubes, onion, cilantro, salt and pepper. Bring to a full boil then reduce to low-medium, cover and allow cooking for 1 hour.
2. After the hour is up in a small skillet on medium heat add butter and vermicelli, cooking until golden. Add cardamom, mixing and allow to saut√© for 5 minutes. Place mixture and lemon juice into shorba, mix and allow cooking for a remaining 30 minutes. Serve hot with lemon wedges. 
Yields: 8

10 Responses to Shorba Dajaj

  • muslimathome says:

    This looks yummy. I like breaking my fast with a light soup. This is perfect.

  • From Yeast to Zest says:

    Now this soup I will love for sure! I made a chicken vermicelli soup today as well but very different, I always have vermicelli more so during Ramadan with the promotions and all just yesterday after your previous post I decided to make Moroccan steamed vermicelli but I have no powder sugar. :(

  • Noor says:

    Thanks ladies yes this has became my favorite soup I think I ate almost all of it alone LOL. Zelia YES lol I just cooked it like pasta :p

  • UmmHafsa says:

    Looks delicious. My Moroccan husband only wants harira, but I’ll try it for myself insha’Allaah. Jazaaki Allaah for sharing!

  • Noor says:

    Kristin please let us know how it turned out inshAllah.

    UmmHafsa I do love harira but change is always nice too.

  • Asmaa @ Bake It... says:

    Tasty chicken soup madhAllah I love the green colour too from that fresh cilantro

  • Dorothy Explor'r says:

    interesting. i will definitely have to try this as i have all the ingredients.

    i make something similar… but in this case, it’s a simplified cross between a couple popular asian noodle soup dishes.


    and i HEART cilantro, so i definitely can’t go wrong! merci.

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