Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Chickpea Soup - Lebanese Chickpea Soup Recipe

Lebanese Chickpea Soup Recipe
I had always loved trying out new cuisines and sharing it gives me such self satisfaction that words cant explain...yes small things big contentment :) It happened when my neighbour asked me for new soup recipes and thats when I realised I've not posted interesting soup varieties here except for the usual tomato soup,carrot soup , sweet corn soup etc...So sat down to search for soup recipes and this lebanese chickpea soup caught my attention....This soup is inspired by Lebanese cooking and it uses Baharat powder-a spice powder used in Arab countries which is close to our garam masala powder. One good thing is that I had all the ingredients in when opting to try new cuisines hunting for ingredients isnt that easy....I made it the next day and enjoyed it with warm toasted bread....yum!

The climate here is breezy and chill so having soups is such a bliss! Do try this easy soup recipe and let me know your feedback
Lebanese Chickpea Soup

Chickpea Soup Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Soup | Recipe Cuisine: Lebanese

Chana(Kabuli/White Chana) - 1/2 cup
Potato - 1 small
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Tomato - 1 small roughly chopped
Tomato puree -1 tbsp
Garlic - 2 tsp finely chopped
Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
Cheese - 1 tbsp grated
Coriander leaves / Parsely - 1 tsp just to garnish
Salt - to taste

For Baharat powder:

Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 1
Coriander seeds- 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg - 1/4 tsp grated
Dry ginger - 1/4 tsp ( I used dry ginger powder)
Pepper Corns - 1 tsp
Dry chilli flakes(Paprika) - 1 tsp


  1. Soak chana overnight or atleast for 8 hrs...pressure cook it along with enough water for 6-7 whistles or until soft....dont drain the water,Set aside. Dry roast all the ingredients listed under 'for baharat powder' till nice aroma rises, then grind it to a semi fine powder. I used my hand mortar and pestle to do this.How to make chickpea soup - Step1
  2. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker then  add onion, garlic and saute for 2mins then add tomatoes and saute till mushy and raw smell leaves.Then add potato cubes along with baharat powder,required salt and saute for a minute then add 2 cups of water and pressure cook in medium high flame for 2 whistles.How to make chickpea soup - Step2
  3. Once pressure releases add boiled chana, tomato puree. I added a pinch of chilli flakes at this stage.Adjust salt.How to make chickpea soup - Step3
  4. Let it boil for 5mins in low flame.Switch off and then squeeze lemon juice, garnish with coriander leaves.How to make chickpea soup - Step4
Garnish with grated cheese while serving.Serve hot with toasted bread....heaven I say!! :)
Chickpea Soup Recipe - Lebanese Style

My Notes:

  • Use parmesan cheese which is recommended. I used amul cheese cubes as I had only that in stock.
  • You can even double the quantity,grind and store the baharat powder in bulk.
  • This is a clear soup variety so expect it to thicken up after boiling :)
  • I loved the extra spice the chilli flakes gave while drinking the soup, so dont skip it.
Chickpea Soup Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Thanks for the recipe. I shall try it tonight for dinner.

  2. Thanks for the recipe. I shall try it tonight for dinner.

  3. Different soup. Will sure make soon and let u know. Love the pics

  4. You have already conquered Indian cuisine. Looks like it is Middle-Eastern cuisine's turn next :)

  5. A healthy and comforting soup for Mysore climate. Will try it soon.

  6. last click with cheese is tempting sharmi ! go on !

  7. Wow thank u here (madrid) winter coming soon so that time I will make soup it's new for me again lot of thanks.

  8. Very tempting soup Sharmi, a perfect winters comforting meal

  9. Wow akka! Superb recipe! I shall try it soon!

  10. Simply delicious and lovely looking soup.

  11. Will definitely keeps me warm, comforting soup.Would love to have a sip of it.

  12. very healthy n aromatic soup, sounds yummy n filling...will try this for sure..

  13. wow thats an very inviting and healthy salad :)

  14. Hi Sharmi, I have came across your blogs a long back, and tried many recipes, all of them come out very great, the propotion you tell is so perfect :)

    i tried this soup today and it came out very good, thanks!!

  15. I love legumes in soups! So nicely done.. thanks for sharing..
    Dish It Out - Onions & Chillis


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