Friday, June 19, 2009

Moroccan Spiced ChickPea Spinach Soup

Moroccan cuisine has been influenced by Indian cuisine.Morocco being a port there has been several influences on its culture and cuisine and it helped evolve a definite Moroccan cuisine which can be very hearty to Indian tongue.The spices we grew up with travel with us to Morocco.We never feel that its not Indian,though ofcourse some changes are definitely there.

I found an intriguing ChickPea and Spinach soup here and on trying it found that it perfectly suits my spicy tongue and is very hearty.It is made of chickpeas and spinach as we know from its name,but another secret ingredient here is apricots.

Ingredients:
Chickpeas : 1/2 cup
Spinach: 1 cup + chopped or 1 small bag of baby spinach leaves
Onion:1 medium
Garlic: 1-2 cloves crushed

Chilli Powder: 1-2 tsps per taste
Cinnamon: 2 tsps or more as per taste
Tomato Paste: 2 tbsp
Dried Apricots: 4+ or almost 1/4 cup chopped

Lemon juice: 1 tbsp or 1/2 lemon
Lemon Zest :zest of 1 lemon (I did not add)
Veg broth : 2 cup+

Salt & Pepper

Preparation:
Presoak chickpeas and cook till soft.Finely chop onions and crush garlic.Chop spinach or leave as such if using baby spinach.

Heat olive oil in a pan.Add chopped onion and saute till raw smell goes.Add crushed garlic and saute till the mix softens.Add cinnamon powdered and chilli powder and cook for 1 more minute.Add tomato paste and cook again for 2-3 minutes.Add chopped apricots,lemon juice & zest and veg broth and half of the cooked chicpeas.I also added the water in which the chickpeas was cooked.Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.Allow it cool a little bit.

Puree the mix in a blender in batches if needed.Return the soup to the pan and add the remaining chickpeas.If the soup is too thick add more water /stock. Add salt and little papper and bring to boil.Reduce the heat to a simmer and then add the chopped spinach and cook for a few more minutes till spinach gets done.

Serve hot with more pepper garnish or a swirl of sourcream or yoghurt to reduce the spicy heat.I did not go for the yogurt option.

A warm bowl of ChickPea Spinach soup is perfect for Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes where NoCroutonsRequired has leaves as the theme.

Another bowl of hearty chickpea soup travels to Apu of AnnaRasa for Legume Love Affair -Twelfth an event by Susan

The Soup being vegan is perfect for IAVW-Moroccan hosted by Lavi of HomeCooks, an event by Vaishali

23 Comments:

Parita said...

Healthy and nutritious soup, chickpea is my fav and love the combination!

Happy cook said...

Wow that looks so so yumm.

Lisa said...

Just gorgeous! Thanks for submitting this to No Croutons.

Sunshinemom said...

Tasty soup, Sweatha! Looks very pleasing too:)

Priya said...

Such a delicious and nutritious soup CL! looks yumm!!!!

Pavithra said...

Lovely and delicious soup..loved the clicks too

no croutons required said...

Mmmmmmm, that sounds gorgeous! Thanks for entering it.

Good Luck!

Jacqueline
:)

Mangala Bhat said...

WoWo! Helthy and delicious soup ..must try this soon

Prathibha said...

Completely nutritious soup...Nice entry for the events.

bindiya said...

apricots in a soup!very different, must be delicious!

Red Chillies said...

Arre wah, apricots in soup? Very unique recipe.

egglesscooking said...

Like RC, I was also intrigued by the use of apricots. Did it give a tangy taste?

Also yesterday I have posted the fat free version of the mango muffins.

Sukanya said...

This is a wonderful and nutritious soup.

Simran said...

I love chickpea soups (well, I love chickpea anything!). This looks great.

Hari Chandana said...

Oh.. healthy and delicious soup.. sounds yummyy... :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Nice new dish...

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks delicious! I love chickpeas and this soup also has spinach which is another ingredient that I love! Great entry!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow.......refreshing soup...looks yum....

Lysy said...

I really like the idea of adding apricots - must give it a go!

Usha said...

What a wonderful combination ! Loved the addition of dried apricots :-)

rekhas kitchen said...

wow healthy and yummy soup looks so yum.

Lavi said...

Love the Apricots in the soup.

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SanPenbeachbum said...

Nice soup - I added the yogurt to the soup while cooking and put about 3 tbs agave syrup in as it was a bit tart - really tasted good after that!

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