There are numerous harira recipes around. This one incorporates the best of the best with low GI lentils and barley, protein for satiety, antioxidant rich tomato and stimulating spices. Saffron is believed to help helps digestion and increase appetite. It's also believed to relieve renal colic, tension, regulate menstruation and have aphrodisiac properties. While it's unlikely that 1 pinch of this glorious spice will achieve all these things it does highlight the importance of buying the real thing to benefit from both the colour and the health benefits.