Churbat dajaj bil hilba (Chicken soup with hilba)

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This is a traditional Libyan soup made from chicken and a tomato based stock.

Churbat dajaj bil hilba (Chicken soup with hilba)
Hilba (Fenugreek paste)
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:154
Ready in:1 hour 10 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:17th January 2013

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Pungent soup


All right if you like the aroma of cardamoms.



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  1. Place the chicken thighs, onion, olive oil, cardamom pods, cloves and 750 ml of the water in a pan.
  2. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 40 minutes, until the meat is tender.
  3. Add the tomatoes, celery seeds and the remaining 350 ml water.
  4. Season with salt and stir in the hilba.
  5. Re-cover and continue simmering for a further 15 minutes.

Serving suggestions

Serve with bread and dates.


You add rice, crushed vermicelli or orzo to the soup if you wish.

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