Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tunisia - Chickpea Soup

I love chickpeas and I've never tasted harissa so I'm looking forward to this soup.


* 1 can of chickpeas
* 4 garlic cloves
* 1 tablespoon harissa
* 1 tablespoon cumin
* 1 lemon
* 2 cups of water
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* day-old bread or a packet of croutons

Rinse the chickpeas and place them in a pan with 2 cups of water.

Heat the chickpeas and then add the minced garlic cloves, the harissa and the cumin.

Simmer for 10 minutes. Then add the juice of the lemon, the olive oil and salt/pepper to taste.

Break up the bread and put it in a serving bowl or just place some croutons in a bowl, depending on which you're using.

Spoon the soup over the croutons/bread and serve.

Mmm, this was really delicious. The combination of flavours was great. The harissa made it spicy and the lemon juice gave it a lovely freshness. They work together really well. The liquid of the soup soaked into the croutons too, making them soft and mushy to eat. Yum! So easy to make, I'll definitely be eating this again.

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