Recipe by VegSocialWorker
From Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey by Najmieh Batmanglij. This is untrried by me so far, but I plan on making it this winter sometime. I'm wating to see if I get a handheld blender for Christmas.
Top Review by lumen7
Fantastic flavours! I halved this as I only cook for 2 and have plenty leftover for lunches. I also used kale instead of chard and had a few mushrooms I needed to use so threw them in. I thought it was fine without using the blender so didn't bother. I will be making this regularly! :)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 leeks, finely chopped (use both white and green parts)
- 1 bird chiles, chopped or 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 garlic cloves, cushed and peeled
- 1⁄2 cup dried garbanzo beans
- 12 cups vegetable stock or 12 cups water
- 1 cup barley
- 1⁄2 cup dry green lentils, picked over
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 cups fresh swiss chard, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup fresh dill, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, leeks, chili and garlic and stri fry for 10 minutes.
- Add the chickpeas and vegetable stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
- Add the barley, lentils, salt and pepper and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, partially cover and cook for 30 minutes until barley and lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add the tomatoes and herbs, cover and simmer over low heat for 40 more minutes longer.
- Add the tahini and lime juice.
- Using a hand held mixer, plunge it into the pot and puree some of the ingredients.
- If the soup is too thick, add some warm water and bring back to a boil. Adjust seasonings to taste, adding salt, pepper or lime juice as needed.
- Just before serving, pour the sooup into a tureen or individual serving bowls. Garnish with black pepper and parsley or a sprig of your favorite herb.