January 17, 2012

Baked Potato & Chickpea Soup

With winter almost upon us, its time for quick, warm and comforting soups both for dinner and brunch. Today's soup is adapted from this recipe and contains numerous warmth-inducing foods : potatoes, chickpeas and nutmeg. We had this along with freshly baked wholewheat masala buns for a light supper. The colour of the soup came from a cube of summer squash that I added in at the last minute and it was very flavourful balancing the rather carbo-protein textures that potato and chickpea gave out. This soup goes to:
a) Sukanya’s Cooking with Seeds – Chickpeas, event by Priya
b) Min's Taste n Create where I am paired with a blog named "No Reason needed"
c) Priya’s Healthy Diet-Warm Soups 
d) Fastfood not fat food- event by Priya Mahadevan, hosted by Priya Sreeram
e) Priya/Puja's Tuesday bookmarked recipes
f) My event Kitchen Chronicles – Cooking with leftovers – hosted by Veena
g) New U - event by Vardhini
I had some boiled chickpeas & potatoes on hand after making Choley, and used them in this soup. Else, you may soak and cook the chickpeas exclusively for this soup. This also goes to
I have made some minor modifications to the original recipe and am sure this soup will be an addition to our menu card. Let's get on to the recipe now.


Source : here
Prep time : 20 mins.
Cook time : 20 mins
Serves : 4
Ingredients:
  • Boiled Chickpeas - 1/4 cup
  • Potatoes - 2 large
  • Onion - 1 large
  • Garlic - 1 or 2 - minced fine (opt.)
  • Olive oil - 2 TBSP
  • Dry herbs : Oregano/thyme/basil - suit your palate (I used a generous pinch of each)
  • Red chilli flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Butter - 1/4 tsp (opt.)
  • Squash - chopped fine - a handful - optional
  • Nutmeg - a teeny weeny dash
  • Cream - 1/2 TBSP - for garnish
  • Black pepper - 1/2 TBSP - for topping
  • Salt - to taste
Method:
1) In a large soup pot (I used a pressure pan), heat olive oil. Add onions,garlic.Fry well till the raw smell disappears.
2) Meanwhile,wash,clean and bake potatoes in a microwave for 8 mins or wrap in foil and bake in the oven with a little butter & soft till soft. I added a pinch of red chilli flakes & pepper to bring out the aroma.
2) In the pressure cooker, after the onions are sauteed, add the cooked chickpeas, squash, salt and 5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
3) Pressure cook for 3 whistles and cool (If using a soup pot, cook covered for 20 - 25 mins till cooked well)
4) Drain and reserve the stock.
5) Puree the mixture along with the baked potatoes and tip in the reserved stock.
6) Bring this puree to a low simmer. Add the nutmeg, dried herbs, chilli flakes and adjust salt and other spices.
7) Transfer to serving bowls and finish with cream and black pepper.


14 Foodie Comments:

Radhika on January 17, 2012 said...

Love the addition of nutmeg in this soup. Slurrrpp....

Priya on January 17, 2012 said...

Wow loving this super comforting and satisfying bowl of tempting soup,thanks for sending dear..

Raji on January 17, 2012 said...

Lovely colour and super inviting and hearty soup.

anusha praveen on January 17, 2012 said...

Idhu not fair nana manage karile beku!! You dont have a choice i m a soup freak kal and i cant resist this one:)

Priya Sreeram on January 17, 2012 said...

o my what lovely flavours in the soup and the color looks stunning kalyani; thx for linking it to my event

Aarthi on January 17, 2012 said...

Awesome recipe..A must try one

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

Archana on January 17, 2012 said...

looks awesome

Culinary Vibes on January 17, 2012 said...

wow.. am hungryy ;) ... grt recipe..

Madhavi on January 17, 2012 said...

Greatttt soup, yummmmm!!!

http://vegetarianmedley.blogspot.com/

Alpana on January 18, 2012 said...

Very hearty & delicious......making me feel hungry.

saffronstreaks on January 18, 2012 said...

This is the one perfect winter warmer soup and thanks for linking it to CWS - chickpeas

Vardhini on January 18, 2012 said...

I am in for soups and that too with garbanzo .. love it. Thx for linking to the event. Could you also add a link to the event announcement? Thx Kalyani.

Vardhini
Event: New "U" - Healthy Eats
Event: Healing Foods - Cauliflower

Premalatha Aravindhan on January 18, 2012 said...

delicious soup kalyani,luks yum...

NO REASON NEEDED on January 26, 2012 said...

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it. It was great fun being paired together for Taste abd Create. My post is now up.

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