The Beautiful People's Club (_amyface) wrote in vegancooking,
The Beautiful People's Club

chickpea & cilantro soup

Yesterday I had a tasty soup at my often not-so-tasty campus cafe. I decided to try and re-create it, and I think I was pretty successful!

These are rough measurements, as I never really measure anything properly (sorry!)
It serves 2-3 people depending on how hungry you are, and it comes together very quickly (I made this is under an hour, but it would probably be even tastier if it was left to simmer for a bit)

- 1/4 of a medium-large sized onion, thinly sliced and chopped
- 3 or 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
- one stalk of celery, I cut it into 4 long strips, then finely sliced the strips (I didn't end up adding all of it to the pan, thnx peanut butter)
- few dashes of sea salt and black pepper (skip the salt if you're using veg bouillon*)
- a couple hefty dashes of cumin, even more ground coriander (about a teaspoon??), a bit of turmeric, and the tiniest little pinch of cinnamon. I'm not sure if you can even notice it, so feel free to skip it (or add more)
- one (or half*) vegetable bouillon cube
- 4 cups water (this is the one thing I measured!)
- about a cup of chickpeas, maybe more
- a good handful of roughly chopped cilantro leaves

-In a biggish saucepan, add about a tablespoon of olive oil and the chopped onion, heat over medium-low, stirring often
-add garlic once onions are cookin' a bit (mostly clear, fairly soft, about 5-10 min)
-after a minute or two (garlic is nice and fragrant), add the celery
-add salt, pepper, turmeric, coriander, cumin, cinnamon
-cook until the celery is mostly soft*
-add 4 cups water, raise heat (I didn't end up bringing it to a boil, but I don't see why you shouldn't)
-when it's "boiling" (or close to), add the chickpeas
-cover and simmer for a bit*, maybe 5 or 10 minutes or so, then turn off heat and add chopped cilantro
-mix well, cover*, let sit until however long you can wait (I didn't wait long).

*these are things I didn't actually do, but now that I'm eating it, these are the steps I would recommend for next time

Super tasty! It was a bit too salty for me (but I have a low tolerance for salt), so maybe modify as you see fit.
Tags: beans-chickpeas/garbanzo-beans, herbs-coriander leaf/cilantro, soups-beans, soups-greens
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