Sunday, 1 November 2009

Chickpea & butternut squash soup

Chickpea & butternut squash soup

250 gr dried chickpeas (soaked in water overnight)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 can of chopped tomatoes (or some nice fresh, ripe ones if you have them)
Coriander seeds, finely crushed
Cumin seeds, finely crushed
Olive oil
Chilli flakes
Salt & pepper
Fresh parsley, chopped

In a pressure cooker, add the chickpeas and cook for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes check them, if they're not cooked to your satisfaction, cook for about 10 minutes longer. In the meantime...

Boil the diced squash and let it rest to one side. In a frying pan shallow fry the garlic, onion and the crushed coriander and cumin seeds. Add the chilli flakes.
Open the pressure cooker, bring to the boil again without the lid and add the (drained) squash, along with the tomatoes and the onion/seeds mix. Let it cook together for about 15 minutes. Serve with a handful of fresh parsley.

P.S. In the original recipe it said to put everything in the blender. I like my soups with some texture so I ignored that.


Ωραία Ελένη said...

It must taste great. Good for the winter. but what is the first ingredient?

Biluś said...

Wow - this looks great! You really got to make it again soon ;)

Blackbeard said...

Butternut squash, a kind of pumpkin. Link also in text now :-)

Ωραία Ελένη said...

really? i was looking them at the sm the other day and i was thinking how to use them ( i only know how to make kolokotes :p)... A german friend i have in Cyprus cooked for us pumkin soup theother day and its was amazing... a little too sweet for my taste but it general it was very good. Does it have the same effect at your peas? i mean does it make them sweet?

Blackbeard said...

The coriander and cumin somehow balance it and give it a slightly eastern flavour. It's not too sweet, I don't like it very sweet either.

Bethan said...

Mmm a nice autumnal warmer! Liking the new picture, too...

Lexi_penitas said...

Μαυρογένη μου, φαίνεται πολλά νόστιμο τζιαι εννα το δοκιμασω. Όμως τζείνη η πρώτη φωτογραφία κάθε άλλο παρά σούπα φαίνεται. Τελικά εν στεγνό το πιάτο;

Blackbeard said...

Όι φίλε Λεξηπένητα, εν ήταν στεγνό, τη φωτογραφία έφκαλα την την επόμενη μέρα τζιαι το ζουμί έλειψε...αλλά έχεις δίκαιο, φαίνεται στεγνό :-)