Fall Is Around the Corner: Time for Chicken Shorba

Back in habibi land, “shorba” means “soup” and we love our shorbas!

I made this dish because I was feeling a little cold at my apartment in DC, it was raining outside, and to be honest I’m just ready for the fall.

There are so many ways to prepare chicken soup and with whatever ingredients you like. For me, I wanted to add a little touch of Iraqi cuisine to this dish: Noomi Basra!

Noomi basra is a sun-dried lime that Iraqis use as a spice in many dishes. It can also be used to make tea, and it is believed to have many health benefits which I, to be quite frank with you, don’t believe in that much. But what I do believe in is that noomi basra gives your dish so much more flavor and you should definitely give it a try.

Oh right, the shorba. I almost forgot. Yalla, grab your pot and let’s get cooking:


  • 1 Onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic (or as desired)
  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Low sodium vegetable broth
  • 6 Celery sticks
  • 1 cup of Mushrooms
  • 1 bag of baby Carrots
  • 1/2 Squash
  • 2 cans Beans (any kind)
  • 1 noomi basra
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • two bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp all spice


Step 1

Grab a large pot, turn your heat on medium high.

Step 2

Dice and Sauté half of the onion and the garlic together.

Step 3

Season the chicken drumsticks with them salt and pepper and add them in and let them brown a little bit (don’t fully cook them.)

Step 4

Add an entire container of vegetable chicken broth. I wouldn’t use chicken or beef broth because you will get natural chicken flavor from the drumsticks and I prefer that.

Step 5

Add your roughly diced celery, the other half of the onion, mushrooms, carrots, and squash in. Also, add your cardamom, cloves, bay leaves, turmeric, and all spice.

Step 6

Let the broth come to boil, hit it with some salt and pepper (to taste), reduce the heat to low, put the lid on, and set your timer for an hour.

Step 7


Step 8

After one hour, take the lid off and add in your two cans of beans. At this stage, take the noomi basra out and squeeze it into a cup. Add some of the both in and muddle the noomi basra with a fork or a spoon.  NOTE: please take the seeds out!!! These seeds are extremely bitter.

Step 9

Pour the noomi basra juice (and whatever remained from all the muddling) back to the broth, put the lid back on, and let it sit for another 30 minutes.

Step 10

Serve and don’t share! Just kidding. You can share, as long as you enough!

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Till next time.

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