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Libyan Soup with Lamb and Mint, also known as Sharba Libiya, is a traditional Libyan dish that features tender lamb simmered in a flavorful broth with a hint of mint. It is a popular soup in Libya and is often served during special occasions or as a comforting meal during colder months.

The soup typically starts with browning cubes of lamb in olive oil to develop a rich flavor. Then, onions, garlic, carrots, and potatoes are added and sautéed before the lamb is returned to the pot. Diced tomatoes, along with their juice, are added for a tangy sweetness. The soup is further enriched with chicken or vegetable broth, which serves as the base for the flavorful broth.

Libyan Soup with Lamb and Mint(Sharba Libiya)

Libyan Soup with Lamb and Mint (Sharba Libiya) is a very nice dish, to enhance it's taste, spices such as ground cumin, ground coriander, and paprika are added to give the soup a warm and aromatic profile. Salt and pepper are added to season the soup to taste. The soup is simmered for an extended period to allow the flavors to meld together and for the lamb to become tender.
Just before serving, fresh mint leaves are added to the soup, providing a refreshing and vibrant note that complements the richness of the lamb and spices. The mint adds a unique twist to the soup and is a defining characteristic of Sharba Libiya.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Lunch or dinner
Cuisine Libyan


  • 500g lamb, cut into cubes

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes

  • 1 liter chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves

  • Fresh lemon wedges, for serving


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the lamb cubes and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the lamb from the pot and set aside.
  • In the same pot, add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.
  • Add the diced carrots and potatoes to the pot and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Return the browned lamb to the pot and add the diced tomatoes with their juice. Stir well to combine.
  • Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, ensuring that the ingredients are well-covered. If needed, add more broth or water to cover.
  • Add the ground cumin, ground coriander, and paprika to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir everything together.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the lamb is tender and the flavors have melded together.
  • Just before serving, stir in the chopped fresh mint leaves. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and serve hot with fresh lemon wedges on the side.
  • Enjoy your delicious Libyan Soup with Lamb and Mint!



You can customize the soup by adding other vegetables or spices according to your taste. Additionally, you can serve the soup with crusty bread or traditional Libyan flatbread for a complete meal.
The soup is typically served hot in bowls, accompanied by fresh lemon wedges on the side. The lemon juice can be squeezed over the soup to add a tangy brightness to the flavors. It is often enjoyed with crusty bread or traditional Libyan flatbread, making it a satisfying and wholesome meal.
Sharba Libiya is a delicious and comforting soup that showcases the flavors of Libyan cuisine. Its combination of tender lamb, aromatic spices, and refreshing mint creates a delightful and hearty dish that is beloved by many.


Serving: 600g
Keyword Libyan soup with lamb and mint
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