Lentil Chili With Merguez

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Merguez sausage can generally be found at gourmet and cooking supply stores. Harissa can generally be found at gourmet and cooking supply stores, as well as select well-stocked supermarkets.

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, thinly sliced lengthwise

2 teaspoons chopped ginger

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

Zest of 2 lemons

2 sticks cinnamon

4 teaspoons cumin

4 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 cup tomato paste

Juice of 1 lemon, more to taste

3 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes

2 pounds fresh merguez sausage, casings removed and crumbled

10 cups chicken broth, divided, plus more as needed


2 pounds dried lentils

Pinch saffron, optional

2 tablespoons harissa paste, or to taste, plus more for garnish

1/4 cup minced parsley

Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Feta cheese, crumbled, for garnish

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