The inspiration for this great soup is my uncle Max who is a great chef himself. Unfortunately we live in different countries, which makes cooking and eating together quite hard but does make us treasure the times we do. Again an easy soup to make yet surprisingly delicious with it’s unique flavor. Chickpeas are one of my favourite Superfoods: with it’s high protein content it is perfect to those who like to replace red meat in the diet. Besides that they are high in fiber and help to lower cholesterol. In other words this soup is highly nutritious and delicious. Hope you will give it a go
3 cans of chickpeas (400g each, drained 240g), drained and rinsed
720g of chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained
3 cloves of garlic, skin removed
1.3 L vegetable stock
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. ground turmeric
½ tsp. salt
3 tbsp. of tahini paste
2 limes, freshly squeezed
125ml of plain low-fat yoghurt
A spoonful of yoghurt for each bowl
A wedge of lime for each bowl
Curley leaf parsley
Black pepper, coarsely ground
Soak the chickpeas overnight. Rinse and drain the chickpeas (the canned or soaked ones). Place the chickpeas in your stockpot and add the cloves of garlic, turmeric, cumin and salt.
Pour in your stock and bring to boil. Once boiling reduce the heat and simmer covered for about 20 minutes if you are using canned chickpeas, or 2 hours if you are using soaked chickpeas. Basically, the chickpeas should be tender when you turn off the heat.
Once you have turned off the heat, let the soup cool down for 15 minutes. Then add the juice of the limes and 3 tablespoons of tahini. Then purée the ingredients with a hand blender in the stockpot or puree in batches in your blender. Return the soup to a clean pan and whisk in the yoghurt. If you wish you can thin out the soup a bit more by adding some stock or adjust seasoning to taste.
When ready to serve, bring back to a simmer and ladle in to bowls. Add a spoonful of yoghurt, sprinkle some fresh leaf parsley and thyme on top, a turn of the pepper mill and serve with a fresh piece of pita bread.
Bon Appetite 😉