Heartwarming hummus soup

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Recipe by Damaris Beems Cuisine: Lebanese, Arabic
Servings

10

Preparation

5

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Soaking of the chick peas

24

hour
Cooking of the chick peas.

1

hour
Total time

35

minutes

I heard about hummus soup and thought only one thing: I need to make it. And fast. And I prepared it. My heart was beating with anticipation. Actually, my expectations were so high that it could only be disappointing. But, you guessed it: it was overwhelmingly delicious. Almost too good to be true. Much tastier than expected. And I didn’t think that alone. The structure. The taste. The mouthfeel. The image. Really everything was right about this soup.

Ingredients

  • 1 kilo dried chickpeas (or 2 cans chickpeas)

  • 2 Onions

  • 1 carrot

  • 5 stems celery

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 5 table spoon tahina

  • 2 lemons

  • smoked paprika powder

  • 4 broth tablets

  • olive oil

  • flat parsley

Cooking time

  • If you have the time, use dried chickpeas. That’s much tastier. Soak them a day in advance and cook them for an hour the next day. Always skim off the white foam from the pan during cooking.
  • For the soup, saut√© the chopped onion in the olive oil. Let the onion fry gently, about 10 minutes. Then add the chopped garlic and a few minutes later the chopped carrot and celery. Let everything fry well with the lid half on the pan.
  • Then add the chickpeas and about 1.5 liters of water. De kikkererwten moeten een paar centimeter onder water staan. Also add the stock cubes. Let everything cook slowly. After 20 minutes you can stir in the tahina. Squeeze the lemons and stir the juice into the soup. Don’t add all the juice at once. Taste for yourself if the ratio is good enough. It should taste fresh but not overpowering.
    Puree the soup with the immersion blender. See for yourself whether you need to add some water to make the soup have the right consistency. It should be velvety soft, not too thick, not too thin.
  • Garnish with some good olive oil, a little smoked paprika and some flat-leaf parsley.

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