Indian chickpea & vegetable soup

Indian chickpea & vegetable soup

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(48 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


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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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped



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

  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh root ginger



    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

    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



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

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


  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 (51)

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!

linamb's picture

I read the reveiws so I added an extra tbsp of garam masala, cumin and a tin of tomatoes. it was lovely, my husband loved it!

trishkins69's picture

I made it exactly as the recipe says to try it out. It was quite tasty and lightly spiced. I did use some very fresh garam masala though. I will make it again but may add some potato or lentils as I prefer soups thicker.

jellyfish79's picture

I'll never try this again, even though the ideas of adding tomato paste, tumeric, corriander, etc sound like its saving grace.. bland is an understatement...

palmeras's picture

really nice idea, I had to add more spice though as following the recipe exactly was far too bland for my liking but i do love hot food! Added more garam masala, hot chilli powder, cumin, coriander and some tumeric. and also randomly a tbsp of ketchup aswell as a tsp of tomato puree as i find it gives a nicer after taste as just tomato puree can be a bit bitter. lovely soup though had popadoms with it :)

oldermann's picture

I added a freshly squeezed lemon juice and then it was very perfect.

farra75's picture

Was Bit bland but added more garam masala, cumin and chopped coriander to garnish. Also added a couple of baby potatoes. Yummy to soak it up with sourdough bread...

sundeepbhagat's picture

I boiled red masoor lentils in the stock and then pureed it,I also used a few cumin seeds in the hot oil before adding the onions,ginger and garlic(love it so used a little extra),The result was a wholesome soup which everyone loved.

edwardwp's picture

Excellent! I whizzed up the chick peas to try and disguise them as my family say they don't like them?? Other than that I left it as it was because I believe you cant critic a recipe if you change it.

katieb_80's picture

wholesome soup but agree with most it was pretty bland...added some smashed cardamon, more garam masala and cumin powder.

chloe13923's picture

this recipe looks lovely!!

danielleriches's picture

Made this yesterday & only tasted a bit so far as my Husband came home & had a big bowl & has already said he wants the rest today! From what i tasted it was loveley. My Husband loves it. I added a little bit more Garam masala & also a chopped red chilli to give it bit more of a kick as we love spicy food in our house. I also added plenty of seasoning too as was a bit wary of it being bland from the previous comments, but i didn't think it was at all. Will be making again but more of it next time so i can get to have some!

dancingbunny's picture

We didn't like this at all, it was bland and we didn't like the texture of the slightly purreed chickpeas either. We only finished it because it was too late in the evening to start making something else, would definitely not make again.

mandinga's picture

I doubled the garam masala and ginger and trebled the garlic and this was still an underwhelming soup. Won't be making it again.

nigushka's picture

Is it possible to deep freeze it for later?

sslade's picture

This was so scrummy. Didn't have any green beans so added a handful of mixed frozen veg (pea, carrots, sweetcorn and green beans) to it. I blitzed it up with my hand blender and then served with a dollop of mango chutney on the top and a naan bread each for everyone, Dad & Hubby loved it and then i took it to work for dinner and the whole office were wanting to taste it!

lootin's picture

"made this soup and must say was very nice , warmed up the cockles on a cold night , i added a extra half tbls of garam masala , to spice things up a little ..but overall very nice soup"

hubbahubster's picture

Really bland and watery. I used soya beans instead of green beans, but that shouldn't have made any difference. I added a generous dollop of tomato puree and a good teaspoon of lime pickle to try and pep it up – worked OK but next time I might add yogurt for richness.

vonnie01's picture

I made this when my husband was having chemo and off his food -warming and nourishing meal which we both loved. I didn't have garam masala in stock so used Sambal Olek - mmm mmm!


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