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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Carrot Chickpea Soup #Foodie Friday

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I got the worst cold... it has been going on forever. It may be allergies too. I need to heal... vitamin A and C have been calling me and the answer I got back was carrot soup. I wanted to make this a complete meal, so I added protein rich chickpeas to the puree and a little bit of Indian spice. The result was a rich and filling nutritious meal that everyone in the family loved.


Carrot Chickpea Soup

by Diane Balch
simplelivingandeating.com
Preparation time: 20 minutes                           Serves: 4 - 6

Ingredients:

2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil for sautéing 
1 onion chopped
3 celery sticks chopped
1.5 pounds or so of carrots chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh ginger chopped
1/4 teaspoon of Garam Masala spice mix
1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
6 cups of vegetable broth
1 can of chickpeas


Directions:

1) Heat oil in a large sauce pan on medium high. 

2) Saute onions and celery. When they begin to wilt add the carrots. After a few minutes add ginger, garam masala, rosemary and salt and pepper. 

3) When vegetables are all wilted and beginning to brown turn heat to high and add vegetable broth and chickpeas. Bring the soup to a boil and then turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. The longer you can let it sit the better.

4) Before serving puree the soup with an immersion blender or in small batches in a blender. Check salt and pepper to taste. A dollop of yogurt or sour cream is nice on top of this soup. Serve with crusty bread, naan, pita, or over basmati rice. 




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58 comments:

  1. Oh that looks wonderful! Most of the time I add lentils or beans to thicken the soup plus you get nutrition.

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    1. I never thought of doing this until I started to get more familiar with Indian cooking. It is very smart.

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  2. Thanks for hosting~ Have a great weekend~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. You're welcome Lynn, thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Hi Diane,
    We would just love your Carrot and Chickpea Soup, it really looks delicious. Hope you have a great spring weekend and thanks for hosting.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Weather was beautiful today... but still no rain. Good to see you here Miz Helen, always a pleasure.

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  4. Thanks for hosting Diane and for featuring my Apricot Chicken Tagine. Your soup sounds delicious. I love to use garam masala.

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    1. You are very welcome... yes, I have been experimenting more and more with garam masala it is a really wonderful mix.

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  5. Love your soup, Diane! It looks very soothing and comforting, with a cold or without. Pinning!

    Sherry K-Jazzy Gourmet

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    1. Thanks Sherry... it definitely helped my cold. So glad you came by today.

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  6. Thanks for hosting another week...hope you feel better soon! It's not allowed in the Springtime, please inform your immune system - not allowed!! You soup looks yummy, btw.

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    1. Yes, Kim... unfortunately Spring is my hardest season because I have allergies. It really isn't fair.

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  7. Healthy combo and looks fabulous! Thanks for another party....

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    1. Hope you get to try it. Thanks for coming to the party.

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  8. Hope you feel better soon! My allergies have been giving me a fit for weeks now...we had some rain and a cold front move in, so that has helped some. The joys of spring!

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    1. So sorry you are suffering too... it really takes the joy out of a beautiful season. We need rain!

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  9. So sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. It's hard to be interested in food or cooking when you're not well. Your soup looks very comforting.

    Thank you for hosting each week. I brought an asparagus salad, gussied up with roasted red peppers, kalamata olives and red onion, served on baby arugula with a balsamic vinaigrette.
    Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam... I am feeling better today, but now my daughter is sick... your salad sounds like something my body could use... healthy and tasty.

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  10. This summer I watched MasterChef and one of the contestants Monti made a carrot soup with soda bread and I thought it looked so good. This reminded me of that and how much I wanted to try it. I am pinning right now! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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    1. That does sound interesting... my kids and I love to watch those shows. Thanks for coming by Krista.

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  11. Thanks for the party, Diane! I've pinned your soup to try :)

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  12. Good morning sunshine!

    This week I’ve linked up my Secret Recipe Club Assignment: Bourbon Soaked Cherries Tiramisu… Probably the sexiest thing I’ve put in my mouth in a long, long time. I’m not sure if that’s sad or not ;)

    Also, the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up is still live - would love to see you and your readers there!

    AND.. last thing :) ...I'm hosting a giveaway right now to help re-invent "Onterrible" - Ontario as a great food, real food haven. I need help. Feel free to swing by :) You'll love the swag!!

    Thanks for hosting darling! xo!

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    1. Bourbon... right in time for the Kentucky Derby I think a week away. I'm fading in and out because of my cold. I'll hop over to you now.

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  13. Thank you so much for the feature Diane. I'm adding that carrot and chickpea soup to my to do list. Starting to come into soup weather here.

    Anne xx

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    1. You are very welcome Anne, great cake. Funny we are coming out of soup weather. For a little while I think we might have similar weather.

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  14. Thanks so much for hosting, Diane! Have a fantastic weekend!! :)

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    1. You are very welcome Sheena thanks for coming.

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  15. Thanks so much for hosting Diane! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  16. This looks very delicious Diane! I hope you continue to feel better.

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    1. Thanks Adelina... slowly getting better.

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    1. Thanks Lori, I hope you get a chance to try it.

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  18. Thanks so much for hosting Diane!
    Have a fantastic weekend.
    All the best,
    Nancy

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    1. Looks like we are going to have lovely weather and my daughter has a softball game... so it should be nice. You have a good one too.

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  19. Thank you for featuring my black bean lasagna!! Thanks for hosting, and have a great weekend! =)

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    1. You are very welcome... love your take on lasagna.

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  20. Glad to join your party, Diane! Thanks.

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  21. This looks so delicious…I need to give it a try!

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  22. Delicious soup recipe, nice combination. Hope you feel better soon! Thank you for hosting. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you Ambreen, feeling better today.

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  23. Wonderful soup Diane! I have a similar recipe, I just don't use can-cheakpeas
    Thanks for the party and I hope you're having a good weekend

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    1. Where you come from can chickpeas are probably practically illegal!

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  24. Thanks for the party, Diane. Sorry I'm running so late. I hope you'll be rid of this cold soon.

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    1. Thanks Michelle,
      Always good to see you what ever day you can make it.

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  25. ahhh...feel better! I had that stupid thing 3 times before I finally managed to kick it totally ... was the longest 6 weeks :(

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    1. I think it is the same cold... I've had it for weeks too.

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  26. I love Indian food when I'm ill! so many goodies to pump up the immune system.

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    1. So true... the spices help unclog you too.

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  27. Thanks for this great recipe Diane. I'm battling a horrible cold at the moment too and this is just what I need! Something warm and spicy and full of vitamins and healthy goodness... It's making me feel better already!

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    1. So sorry to hear you have this terrible cold too. This soup definitely helped me out I hope it helps you.

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  28. Hi! Found you on My Turn (for us) link up. I love carrot soup, but what a great idea to puree chick peas into it. I will definitely be trying this. Now following on Bloglovin'
    ~Jackie @ The Non-Martha Momma

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  29. I love chickpeas, so I can't wait to try this soup. Thanks for adding your recipe to Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm.

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  30. What a fabulous soup. I have been subbing sweet potatoes for carrots in recipes to get a little sweeter taste. I am thinking I could make this with both of them and of course those delicious chickpeas. This is being featured at My Meatless Mondays. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring this soup. I think you have a great idea. I am going to try substituting sweet potatoes for the carrots in the Fall and Winter.... I think it will be a great seasonal change. Thanks for the idea.

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