Chickpea Soup

With cold weather upon us, it is time to grab a book, curl up on the couch, listen to some music and keep things simple in the kitchen, like a soup that will serve as a meal by itself!

I have adapted this soup recipe from Linda Fraser's 'Vegetarian' book.The original recipe calls for heavy cream which I reduced.The end result will be on the watery side as opposed to a thick and a creamier version.But you could always add the heavy cream and corn starch to make it a thick soup.

1 can of Chick peas ( about 15 oz)
1 Onion, chopped
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cups of fresh Spinach,shredded
4 cups of vegetable stock or water
2 tbsps Olive oil
2 tsps Cumin powder
2 tsps Coriander powder
2 tbsps heavy cream
2 tbsps tahini paste
1 tsp curry powder
Salt and pepper

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  • Heat oil and add garlic and onions.Cook till they are soft.
  • Stir cumin, coriander and curry powder.
  • Add Chickpeas and potatoes and let them cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add Spinach and cook for 2 minutes
  • Pour in the stock and simmer for about 10 minutes, till the potataoes and chickpeas are tender
  • Stir in the cream and Sesame seed paste and let it boil for 5 more minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper and Paprika(optional).
  • Let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Season with Paprika or salt or Parmesan cheese
  • Serve it hot

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For a thicker version
2/3 cup of heavy cream
1 tbsp cornstarch
When you are stirring in the cream, also add the corn starch.

Note:You could also use frozen spinach but drain all the excess liquid before adding.

37 comments:

Tina said...

Refreshing soup. Healthy and yummyyy.

Nat said...

That looks nice Shri. A 'go to' meal, and well balanced too...my little one loves Chick Peas...but dislikes spinach ( duh !) ... I will keep this one in mind as all the ingridents are kitchen staples in my case...

indosungod said...

Perfect soup for the weather. Will greek or thick yogurt work in place of the cream?

After a dreary few weeks, the sun is shinning :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Thats a very unique one using chick peas...but lovely pic and a healthy one too...looks very delicious as well..perfect for the winter as u said

Nandini said...

The chickpea soup really looks nice and warming and it's cold here! I'd have that right now 'cuz it's like a freezer here! Looks delicious too!

Sarah Naveen said...

Soup looks Amazing dea..!!!
Perfect for the weather here ;)

Pari said...

Hi! I have been wanting to make a soup with chickpeas and yours looks so inviting. Love the idea of adding tahini in the soup.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks warm and comforting... I like these light soups too!
Looks wonderful...

Prathibha said...

Lovely soup...perfect for this weather..

Preeti Kashyap said...

looks awesome. Its the best warm treat for everyone as the winter is setting in. I shd try this soon.

Ann said...

What a lovely pic! and it also looks so warm and comforting for the weather.

Vrinda said...

Yummy and creamy soup...

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Soup looks delicious and healthy!!

Priya said...

Wow thats a delicious and filling chickpeas soup Shri..

Gulmohar said...

Warm and inviting soup for a chilly eve :-)

Uma said...

yummy, refreshing soup!!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

That's one lovely soup, perfect for this time of the year.

Astra Libris said...

Ohhhh, I couldn't agree with you more about the winter soup-season... :-) Your soup looks so perfectly comforting and delicious for a chilly night - and I love the decreased cream, too! Yay for healthy soups! :-)

Malar Gandhi said...

Sounds very healthy and nice...

s said...

is there anyone who doesnt love chickpeas...and in a soup..lovely!!

San said...

Wonderful recipe for winter :) Such a comfort soup that would sooth us.

Raje said...

Yummy Soup Shri! Perfect for the season..

VS said...

A healthy hearty meal!

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Your soup looks so warm and inviting and nurturing!perfect for weather...

Padma said...

WOW... really healthy and filling soup... perfect for this weather Shri :)

Abhilash said...

The soup looks good but I wont comment much as I dont like to have them personally.

I dont like the taste of soups.

Sireesha said...

Looks Supppppper Dupppppper for winter...

Suparna said...

hi shri,
Looks perfect and filling! I too fix up some easy healthy soup during the cold weather...I like the ingredients u've used... as they make up for a heavy filling meal :) thanks for the easy and handy recipe.
TC

kaipakkuvam said...

Healthy and yummy. perfect for the upcoming winter months

Parita said...

Delicious and fulfilling soup!

5 Star Foodie said...

Looks like a delicious and comforting soup, yummy!

Malar Gandhi said...

Thanks for visiting my space, Shri.

B/n 'Thengai'means 'Coconut'....its 'Nariyal Ka Puran Poli'.

Babli said...

I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. Chick pea soup looks delicious and healthy.
You are welcome in my blogs.

Shri said...

Thanks Tina!

Nat!Thanks and I am sure you will like this..You could skip spinach unless you want to add for nutritional value!

ISG-Tell me abt it..It is nice to see Sun actually although the weather is on the colder side
And yes, I did try adding yogurt to this and it worked out well.The reason I did not add was bcuz I did not have it on that day:)

Thank Sushma

Thanks Nandini

Yes Sarah, it was just right for the weather when I made it:)

Pari-Tahini adds so much flavor to it!

Somoo-I love light soups and this is one among them

Thanks Prathibha and Preeti

Thanks Ann, Vrinda and Sreelekha

Shri said...

Thanks Priya, Gulmohar and Uma

Thanks A2Z

I am on a diet Astra which is why I reduced cream:) but was equally tasty for me

Thanks Malar, S,San,Raje,VS, Sangeetha,Padma!

Abhilash-You are so like my dad:)

Thanks Sireesha

Suparna-I think chickpeas is heavy and so it is quite sufficient as a meal:)

Thanks Indu and Parita

Thanks for the clrfn Malar!I guessed so but you never know...

Thanks much Babli!Appreciate it!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Excellent chickpea soup, perfect for this cold weather. Book marking dear!

Nags said...

looks like my kinda soup! bookmarked :)

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