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Sunday 25 October 2020

Moroccan Chickpea Soup : So Very Tasty


It's vegetarian and a little bit Moroccan! Let's just call it Moroccan Chickpea Soup, a very tasty bowl, which may be spiced up a little more with the addition of  a spoonful of harissa paste.

Here are the ingredients you will need for four servings:-
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
600ml hot vegetable stock
400g can chopped plum tomatoes with garlic
400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
100g frozen broad beans
zest and juice ½ lemon
large handful coriander or parsley
optional to serve, some flatbread

Here are the cooking instructions:- 
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, then fry the onion and celery gently for 10 minutes until softened, stirring frequently. Tip in the cumin and fry for another minute.
2. Turn up the heat, then add the stock, tomatoes and chickpeas, plus a good grind of black pepper. Simmer for 8 mins. Throw in broad beans and lemon juice, cook for a further 2 mins. Season to taste, then top with a sprinkling of lemon zest and chopped herbs.
3. Optional - serve with flatbread.

Here are some recipe tips you may like:
Spice it up further with a spoonful of harissa paste.
Curry lovers can swap the cumin for 1 tsp of garam marsala.
Or for a more hearty dish, fry 4 sliced chorizo sausages along with the onions and celery.

Here are the nutritional details per serving:-
Fat 5g Carbs 17g Fibre 6g Protein 9g
From original idea here

Here are some facts about Morocco; it is a country located in North Africa and is only slightly larger than the state of California. The Moroccan environment is just as varied as that of California, with deserts, mountains, lush forests, and beautiful coastlines. Food is a very important part of Moroccan culture and family life. With a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices available in the local markets, their cuisine is known worldwide. Morocco borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Ocean. Morocco is a favourite location for shooting films and is home to the second largest film set in the world. One of the most popular exports from Morocco is their world-famous dates. Morocco is recognized as the world’s largest producer and exporter of sardines. Their most popular beverage, served with almost every meal, is green tea with mint.

More about Moroccan mint tea here

Dear reader, a variety of articles, studies and recipe ideas are in this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues please take these into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use a reliable meter.

All the best Jan


Martha said...

This sounds delicious. I love chickpeas in soups!

Catarina said...

My kind of soup!!

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Jan,
That looks so tasty.
I wish I could try this soup. It makes me hungry and it seems like i can smell the scent..hmmm...!!
Compliments for the recept and the way how you have photograph it so well. You can do this always so well.

Greetings, Marco

J C said...

It sounds delicious. But isnt it high sodium? So hard to find low sodium recipes, way low, heart HEALING low. Thanks. :)

Tom said...

...loves festive.

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds really good.

Betsy said...

This looks and sounds so good!

Elephant's Child said...

Definitely one I would enjoy, being a lover of chickpeas and of cumin. Thank you. said...

Looks like one to try.


Pongo a menudo verduras en casa y el aceite de oliva, se emplea mucho aquí en mi tierra. La comunidad autonómica de Andalucía, donde resido, es una gran productora de dicho aceite y es de excelente calidad.


Susan Kane said...

Your recipes are inspiring. I love them.

Christine said...

This sounds so good.

Evi Erlinda said...

This Moroccan soup looks so flavorful!

Lisabella Russo said...

That looks very delicious, thank you!

Lowcarb team member said...

J C said...
It sounds delicious. But isnt it high sodium? So hard to find low sodium recipes, way low, heart HEALING low. Thanks. :)

Hello JC, many thanks for your comment and question.
The sodium in this recipe is 1.07g per serving.

This versatile vegetable soup recipe has 0.9g per serving, find it here

This tomato soup recipe has 0.51g find it here

Hope this may help

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Pongo a menudo verduras en casa y el aceite de oliva, se emplea mucho aquí en mi tierra. La comunidad autonómica de Andalucía, donde resido, es una gran productora de dicho aceite y es de excelente calidad.


Google translate:
I often put vegetables at home and olive oil, it is used a lot here in my land. The autonomous community of Andalusia, where I live, is a great producer of this oil and is of excellent quality.


Rose said...

You had me at onion! I can just smell and onion and I am hungry.

carol l mckenna said...

Oh love chick peas ~ great recipe ^_^

Live each moment with love,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

p.s. Had death in family so am way behind in returning comments.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Carol, many thanks for your comment here and on other posts.
I am so sorry to read that you've had a death in your family, my condolences.

All the best Jan

Conniecrafter said...

This was really neat to learn about Morocco, such an interesting place it sounds like.

Pam said...

I just asked on fb last night about a good soup folks make. I am planning on taking one of my pumpkins and making some soup with it but today I just went with plain ole veggie soup. Thanks for sharing.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I am fan of chick peas

Debbie said...

we love soup here at our house and have it for dinner a lot during the winter!! this sounds really satisfying!!

Iris Flavia said...

Sounds yummy, I´ll take the advice to make the overdue lentil-soup (best before Feb this year, ups...).

Margaret D said...

Looks a nice soup.

Naomi (Angel Numbers) said...

Something to try in this season as it's getting little chilly. I am trying to be vegan so it will help me with proteins also. Regards Naomi

baili said...

my kids and me LOVE this chickpea soup dear Jan
i made it during winters often with slightly different way :)

i have seen many movies filmed in Morocco ,i always found the land fascinating

drink sounds amzing!

Jo said...

It's pouring down here today, I think this recipe is just the thing for days like this when you want to hunker down and eat comfort food.

DUTA said...

I love hummus which is made of chickpeas and requires a lot of work. I've never made this kind of soup being afraid it may require a lot of pre-cooking work also.

eileeninmd said...


The soup sounds delicious! I love mint tea!
Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy new week!

Ygraine said...

This sounds so delicious...and just the thing for a cold autumn lunch!
Oh thank you so much.😊😊

Have a lovely day!

Hugs xxx

linda said...

This sounds yummy I love chickpeas and will definitely be trying this.

CJ Kennedy said...

This sounds so good! Thanks for sharing.

N A S S A H said...

Yeah nice soupe very tasty

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Soup is a favourite in these cold days. I did not know Morocco's main export is sardines. I would have thought dates.

God bless.

Martha said...

This sounds very yummy! I enjoy soups with chickpeas!

Creations By Cindy said...

OOH, that soups looks so good. I love soups all year round. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

DMS said...

I love chickpeas and this soup sounds so delicious. I am getting into soup season right now. Chilly weather and it's getting darker. Thanks for the recipe! :)

Carla from The River said...

I am pinning! Thank you for sharing! Carla

Snowbird said...

That looks warming, perfect for these colder

Jeanie said...

~rThose flavors sound exquisite together. Yum!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

This soup looks excellent. We will definitely give this one a try.

Joseph William said...

Look very spicy and delicious, Hope it proves the best result. I will add this option to my dinner diet.