15 Minutes Healing Moroccan Garlic and Cilantro Semolina Soup

This soup was a staple in my childhood. Whenever the flu symptoms were around or simply if one of the household members was not feeling well, my mom would right away whip up a big batch of this healing and comforting soup.  It takes a total of 15-20 minutes or so and the whole family can sit and enjoy a comforting bowl of this garlicky goodness. This recipe usually calls for a generous amount of cilantro (which I personally love!). But because little kids tend to take it out I sometimes put less or chop it really really small so it doesn’t bother them so much. Semolina is the grain that couscous is made out of. Very popular in a Moroccan house!



  •  1 head of garlic, peeled
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 3 slices fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1 cup semolina
  • A big pot of water (about 10-12 cups)
  • ½ tsp turmeric (optional)
  • 1.5 tsp salt (approximately)
  • Pinch of pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped



1). Place the garlic, whole peeled onion, and ginger in a soup pot. Add water, cover, and bring to a boil.

2). Add the turmeric, salt and pepper and very slowly, little by little, start sprinkling from the 1 cup semolina. Whisk or stir constantly, until you eventually finish pouring the whole cup.

3). Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes or so, until you get a beautiful rich consistency.

4). Add the chopped cilantro, adjust salt and pepper and serve immediately.


Note: The onion is just for flavor, you don’t have to serve it.





Make sure you buy the coarse type and not the flour!



  1. Barbara says:

    What can you use instead of semolina?

    • User Avatar Bat-El Gershowitz says:

      I would say red lentils. But the texture is not as smooth. And I would add more spices like cumin or curry powder and fresh-squeezed lemon at the end.

  2. Po says:

    Thank you for sharing your childhood staple. I love traditional home remedies and recipes. I cooked this soup yesterday and I am saving this recipe for future whenever a family member needs an extra dose to boost their immunity. It would be nice though, if you can indicate the serving portion of your recipe please. I followed the recipe exactly and found it was too much for two of us at home *LOL*

    • User Avatar Bat-El says:

      Thanks so so much for your note! Yes, will take that into account. I’m a big fan of leftovers to warm up for the next day or freeze for later. but you are right. As a Moroccan, I don’t know how to make small quantities, lol. It’s a known problem!

  3. Yaffa says:

    This is Lachshu soup no? Toda

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