North African Vegetable Soup With Chickpeas

Total Time
1hr
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

Feel free to experiment with your own combinations of vegetables and spices in this. I like it with the quantities as described below, but this is an easy-to-tweak recipe, and it's fun to play with different flavors. Get creative!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Bring water, chickpeas, and cinnamon stick to boil in a 6-quart stockpot. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until cinnamon stick uncurls.
  2. While chickpeas simmer, heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, chili, onions, and carrots. Saute, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.
  3. When the cinnamon stick uncurls, transfer sauteed vegetables to the stockpot along with sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and turmeric. Simmer covered for 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes and cauliflower are tender.
  4. Add the mustard greens and continue to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until bright green. Stir in the basil and salt. Adjust the seasonings if desired.
  5. Ladle hot soup into bowls and serve.
Most Helpful

This was a really good soup. I ended up using more vegetables than called for, so added more spices, like Hot Madras Curry Powder and ground coriander. I also used broth and left out the salt. Topped it with lemon, peanuts and cilantro, which rounded it out nicely.

Maito June 26, 2009