Comforting Chickpea Soup: A Taste of Middle Eastern Bliss


Prepare to be whisked away on a culinary journey to the heart of the Middle East with this soul-warming chickpea soup. Bursting with aromatic spices and nutrient-rich ingredients, each spoonful will envelop you in a warm embrace of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

Comforting Chickpea Soup: A Taste of Middle Eastern Bliss

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 320
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 680mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 44g
  • Dietary Fiber: 12g
  • Total Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 13g


  • 1 cup (200g) dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 6 cups (1.4L) vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup (150g) diced tomatoes
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (10g) fresh parsley, chopped

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until translucent.
  3. Add the minced garlic, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using). Stir and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the soaked and drained chickpeas, broth, and diced tomatoes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 40-45 minutes, or until the chickpeas are tender.
  6. Using a potato masher or an immersion blender, mash or blend about 1/3 of the soup to thicken it slightly.
  7. Stir in the lemon juice and adjust seasoning if needed.
  8. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Soaking the chickpeas overnight helps them cook faster and become more tender.
  • For a creamier texture, blend more of the soup or add a dollop of yogurt or tahini.
  • Adjust the spice level by increasing or decreasing the amount of cayenne pepper.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use canned chickpeas instead of dried?

A: Yes, you can use two 15-ounce cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed. Adjust the cooking time as needed.

Q: Can I make this soup vegan?

A: Absolutely! Simply use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and omit any dairy-based garnishes.

Q: How long does this soup keep in the refrigerator?

A: Properly stored in an airtight container, this chickpea soup will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Let this comforting chickpea soup transport you to the vibrant flavors of the Middle East, where every bite is a celebration of warmth, nourishment, and culinary excellence. Savor the rich blend of spices and the hearty texture of chickpeas in this delightful dish that will become a staple in your repertoire.