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Chickpea and Lentil Soup

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Chickpea and Lentil Soup
Chickpea and Lentil Soup

1. Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 2 ribs celery, chopped
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  5. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  6. 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  9. 1 cup lentils
  10. 6 1/2 cups water
  11. 1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree
  12. 1 2/3 cups drained and rinsed canned chickpeas
  13. 1/3 cup chopped cilantro or parsley

Nutrition Info

Per Serving

  • Calories: 386 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 62 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 22 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Sugars: 8 g

2. Cooking Directions

  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over moderately low heat. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes. Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and lentils.
  2. Add the water and tomatoes to the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Add the chickpeas and simmer 5 minutes longer. Stir in the cilantro or parsley.

Yield: 4 servings

3. Still Hungry?



Add one-and-a-half cups of diced leftover cooked lamb with the chickpeas.

Add two cups of shredded cabbage and an additional half cup of water along with the tomatoes.

Use saffron instead of the turmeric.


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