Indian chickpea & vegetable soup

Indian chickpea & vegetable soup

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Makes 4 lunches
Healthy, flavour-packed and low-cost, this soup's ideal for taking to work for lunch

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal168
  • fat6g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre6g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.66g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh root ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • 2 large carrot, quartered lengthways and chopped

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 400g can chickpea, drained
  • 100g green bean, chopped

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, then add the onion, ginger and garlic. Fry for 2 mins, then add the garam masala, give it 1 min more, then add the stock and carrots. Simmer for 10 mins, then add the chickpeas. Use a stick blender to whizz the soup a little. Stir in the beans and simmer for 3 mins. Pack into a flask or, if you’ve got a microwave at work, chill and heat up for lunch. Great with naan bread.

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Comments (49)

jessicarichardson's picture
2.5

This was easy to make, healthy and tasted ok. It smelt amazing when it was cooking, but once I added the chickpeas, the gingery flavour got lost somehow. Maybe I didn't cook the garam masala spices properly.
There was enough soup for 4 generous servings, so the two of us ate it over two lunches. The second time we added a tin of tomatoes, which made it taste very nice.

I will make this again with the tomatoes and might try the suggestions of using parsnips too.

Bigspottedcat's picture

Delicious. Cheap. Healthy.

Do add 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp chilli.

elciruelo's picture

Fantastic lunch idea. My husband & I are watching our weight at the moment and wanting to eat healthily and so gave this a try. Taking heed of what previous people have said about the level of spice/seasoning, I added ground cumin, coriander and a pinch of chilli powder. No problems then. It was filling, tasty and ticked all the boxes as far as we were concerned. Tasted even better the next day too!

oliviaindia's picture

SO bland, will never make it again. I noted the below comments and added coriander, cumin, chilli powder, tumeric, a chilli and peas... but it was still so watery and bland. Very disappointed.

Squidge180's picture
5

Lovely soup and not bland at all. I only made a couple of changes in that I did not have enough garam masala so swopped this for a tablespoon of Pataks Balti paste. I also added some frozen spinach and a potato as suggested by others. Really tasty and perfect for a work lunch.

helenk6's picture

What a lovely lunch - thoroughly enjoyed by one adult, a 4 year old and a 2 year old - did only use half the amount of garam masala as I thought it might be a bit too hot for them and it turned out great, seconds requested and clean plates all round. Just enough left for husband to take to work tomorrow.

jamck56's picture

Lovely flavour. Really comforting. I added a cubed potato as well just to give it a little more substance. Worked well for a 5:2 diet 200 calorie lunch. Really filling.

emilymcgovern's picture

I liked this but as others have commented, it does need some adjustments. But part of the beauty with soups is you can pretty much do as you wish to use up leftover veg etc. I used asparagus rather than green beans and butternut squash instead of chickpeas. I also added more spices but it was tasty. You could argue mine was a completely different recipe but this gave me great inspiration and was delicious.

julesthenorweegie's picture

This was really tasty! I made it the other day when trying to use up some of the things in my kitchen cupboards, and the result was really good :)
I posted it up on my blog, here:
http://julesthenorweegie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/indian-chickpea-vegetabl...
I didn't use beans though, as I find that green beans takes something away from the rest of the flavours. Will definitely make this again :)

jesscalou's picture

Love this soup - so good on a cold evening! I've made it loads of times and tend to just throw in whatever veg I have in my fridge (brussel sprouts are really good in this soup!). Make sure you season it well, otherwise it could be a little bland - I also sometimes stir some mango chutney into it for extra flavour....

Star fire's picture
3

Easy to make but was a bit bland , will make again but will spice it up. Kept well in fridge for two days .

donnamh's picture

So tasty!
Will definitely make it again.

stonefruit's picture
5

Followed the recipe exactly, and it was truly heart-warming.

kathy535's picture
4

This was very nice. As previous posters have said this was bland I added a tsp each of ground coriander, cumin and hot chilli powder. I also added half a courgette because it was lying around! Lovely soup, filling and tasty.

philannette's picture
5

I didn't have garam masala so used a good spoon of mild curry powder. Also used the tomato puree and added diced potato and peas and seasoned with salt and pepper. Loved it. Will definitely make again.

kyliellewellyn's picture
2

As others have said, this recipe is quite bland. I doubled the garam masala and used peas instead of green beans. I also found it quite watery hen using this amount of stock - It's OK but nothing to shout about unfortunately

lizscott76's picture
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Lovely! I double the amount of garam masala, added some hot chilli powder and finished with a squeeze of lime and chopped coriander.

juliemariet's picture

We really didn't like this soup. We made the rosemary version, and it turned out really bland and watery - dreadful.

cottlefish's picture

Pretty bland - even with a chili pepper added!

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