Moroccon Style Chickpea Soup topped w/Spicy Harissa

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by Sara Hafiz on April 28, 2010

Pic Above of Soup & Middle Eastern Flat Bread with a Zaat’ar & Dried Mint Topping

Chickpea, how I love thee. I have had a love affair with the bean called Chickpea for ages, AKA the Garbanzo Bean. I just love the creamy taste and the versatility of this bean. You can use this bean in so many dishes from your choice of  dips in appetizers, salads, soups & main dishes. Chickpea is a staple ingredient in my pantry! I also feel good about feeding my family these nutritious beans since they are high in protein & fiber but low in fat. I use dried chickpeas which I soak overnight and boil them until tender. I also freeze them in smaller portions in a Ziploc freezer bag, so they are ready to use whenever I need them. I have stopped using canned beans ever since I read conflicting reports about chemicals found in canned beans that can be harmful to our health.

Moroccan style Chickpea soup recipe was inspired by Claudia Roden’s Wonderful Book, “The New Book of Middle Eastern Food”. I love making this soup where all of the ingredients are usually present in my pantry & the refrigerator. I used an ingredient in this soup called “Harissa”. Harissa is a delicious North African Chili sauce which can be found easily in a Middle Eastern grocery stores.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

eclectic gourmet April 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

looooove chickpeas!
i need harissa!

eclectic gourmet April 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

canned beans no good?
i still use them for hummus etc.

Sara April 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I’ll get you Harissa! Yeah some kind of a chemical in canned beans that can make you its wise not to use the canned beans.

Bria @ West of Persia April 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Oooooh, I adore chickpeas as well. I’m shifting to cooking my own–I put them in the slow cooker and let them cook while I’m out and about. Your tip about freezing them is really smart. I never thought of that until you mentioned it.

Sara April 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Thanks Bria! Oooh I like your idea about cooking the chickpeas in the slow cooker…you are a genius! I will try that next time I cook them!!!

Jamie @ My Baking Addiction April 29, 2010 at 1:50 am

Delicious…just stunning!

Nadia April 29, 2010 at 2:41 am

Yum, this looks so hearty. Great tip about freezing the chickpeas. If I store them in the fridge for more than a few days they go bad, so I will definitely try the freezer.

I can eat the zaa’tar flatbreads/manakeesh everyday. Great combination!

PS: Your tasbeeh is so pretty, stunning.

Sara April 29, 2010 at 4:34 am

Thanks Nadia! you are a sweetheart! My mom has been boiling & freezing her chickpeas for years BUT I was too lazy to do it. Thanks the tasbeeh is from Egypt!

Sara April 29, 2010 at 4:35 am

Thank you Jamie! :)

Annie April 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I saw this post on Tastespotting, and wow! Your site is great! Sooo many delicious-looking recipes–I have to bookmark it.

The soup looks great, something nice to do with chickpeas instead of making hummus. Love your photos too!

M. April 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

What a beautiful set of photos…..this soup looks amazing…must have been really tasty too.

Sara April 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Thank you!!

Sara April 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Thanks Annie! Visit me again! :)

Sara April 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Thank you!

Deborah Dowd April 30, 2010 at 1:19 am

This looks amazing- I will have to look for harissa.

Linn @ Swedish home cooking April 30, 2010 at 7:41 am

I always have cooked chickpeas in my freezer, I think I will take some out today to make some Maroccan style chickpea soup! Sounds super delicious.

Jason Phelps April 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm


I saw your recipe on the Foodbuzz Top 9 today and wrtoe a short post about a reccomended wine pairing.

The recipe looks fantastic and the pictures made me hungry. I am going to make this dish real soon!

Thank You


Tiffany April 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I love your blog! Great recipes and fantastic photography, I will be following you from now on!

mickimotomama April 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

My mouth is watering! The food looks so tasty and rich with flavor. Great job capturing the taste of your creations in your photography.

Sara April 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Thank you Tiffany!

Sara May 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

Hey Jason, I saw your pairing for the Chickpea Soup on your blog, Good Job! Thanks!

Sara May 1, 2010 at 12:18 am

Thanks Micki!

Dinners and Dreams May 1, 2010 at 1:30 am

This is so cool. I am from Morocco and love your soup. The pics are great as well.


Sara May 1, 2010 at 3:03 am

Thanks Nisrine!

Marc @ NoRecipes May 1, 2010 at 4:24 am

Beautiful photos! I love chickpeas too and think they’re a totally underrated legume. Glad to see you used dried ones, sooo much better than the canned ones!

Sara May 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Thank you so much & I have to say I love your site so much that I can spend hours reading your posts & looking at your gorgeous photography! Cheers!

Kate October 10, 2010 at 1:51 am

CRAZY good!

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