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Chickpeas-Vegetable Soup

chickpeas-vegetable soup

Wish you all a very happy new year. Hope you all have a healthy, peaceful and prosperous year.

I am not going to make any promises on this blog, because I was not able to keep any of them in 2011! On the bright side, Pappa had his medical checkup last week and his results were better- which was such a big relief for us. Thank you for your prayers.

As much as I love the snow, I am totally enjoying the not-so-cold winter this year. We had temperatures in 60s yesterday. We could walk in light jackets(there was a slight windchill). We welcomed the new year at a friend’s place, with a potluck. It was fun.

For last few weeks, I have been making a conscious effort to prepare and eat healthy dishes. My idlis/dosas now have brown rice in them, I use whole grain bread, almost no butter/ghee in the dishes, more soups and fruits. Everyday I make an effort to look for new healthy dishes.

Here is one soup that I have been making for a while. I make these kind of soups once a week for lunch.

Ingredients:
1 cup soaked chickpeas(garbanzo beans)
1/2 cup barley
2 cups vegetables – corn, zucchini, carrot, green beans, green peas, celery
1 cup tomatoes
2 tbl spns coriander leaves
1/2 tea spn cumin powder
1/2 tea spn chilli powder
1 tea spn chopped garlic
Salt

Method:
Mix all the ingredients, add 2 cups of water (or vegetable/chicken stock). Pressure cook them for about 4 whistles till everything is cooked through. Once cooked slightly mash the contents with a spoon (optional step). Serve hot.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 30mins (if using pressure cooker)

PS: Most of the times I use rice cooker to make this. It comes out really well and you don’t have to keep an eye on it. Once done, I leave it on warm mode, so that we can enjoy warm soup whenever we want.

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chickpeas-vegetable soup

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  • Varsha January 1, 2012, 11:08 pm

    Wish u and ur family a very happy new year. I am glad that ur dad is better now.

  • Laura @ hip pressure cooking January 2, 2012, 1:53 am

    Oh yum… to a healthy new year with your pressure cooker!

    L

  • shivaprakashraj January 2, 2012, 8:38 am

    I am very proud to give a 1st comment.
    i am regular viewer of ur website..
    thanx for ur effort.
    its not a easy job to do these kind of work.
    it involves lotz of patience.
    i need to know what time u will wake up in the morning and sleep at night. what is ur hobbies? r u doing any coaching class in foreign. The only request is please reply to this comment.

    • Shilpa January 3, 2012, 9:42 pm

      I wake up at 6 and sleep by 10!. Right now, do not have time for any hobbies. No, I don’t take any classes. I have too much on my hands with a job and a toddler!

  • anjana January 2, 2012, 11:51 pm

    very healthy ,delicious and totally fat free…..loved the simple flavours of this soup… great recipe..

  • nandita ganguly January 3, 2012, 6:17 am

    wish you and your family a very happy, bright and prosperous New Year 2012.

  • Gauri January 3, 2012, 1:40 pm

    Nice and simple recipe..

    New year wishes!!

  • shivaprakashraj January 4, 2012, 9:24 am

    Thanks for ur kind reply. i’ve got a 1st reply from ur end. i am so happy. i am a class cook after refering ur webiste. i prepare pulov and give it to my relatives as well. they appreciated me a lot.. seriously shilpa… its just amazing.. i am least bother about the outside foodies at this point of time. we can do much more better and taste. my partner went to mysore for msc exam.. i am alone in banlor now i am doing differnt dishes as well starts from chitranna, cucumber slice, pani… uff… grt experience. i got a superb comments from my colligues as i served pani to them. its an immense taste as well. i am ur great fan.. always i remember ur sight.. yst i have been through mysore… while riding a vechicle with my mom suddely i thought to invite ur family to my home. pls shilpa.. if u have been through mysore at any time kindly reply me. make us happy. we went for shopping in the evening and i am telling my mom to get a pillsburry atta. and i am telling my mom “shilpa never fails with pillsburry atta while making poories”. hope i will make consistency cooking. i hope i will. Last but not least my partner’s name is also shilpa.. i always telling my parter that u r lazy to cook.. but u’ve updating 1000 recepies.. i told my sister today also.. i told some one regarding ur website in train today while coming to banalore today. hope this is the first time in my life to type such a huge content and posting.. i am not doing.. my happiness makes doing it…

    i want to call u akka, annapurna,, yeley mareya kayi..

    pls reply shilpa.. do u have any plans to come to mysore or bangalore any time pls.

  • shivaprakashraj January 4, 2012, 9:30 am

    New year regards to Mr. vardha ji… and Ishan.. shilpa.. tell my regards to ur parents.. i wish ur dad to get well sooner..

  • Jan Davies January 6, 2012, 5:28 am

    Sounds lovely, you can’t beat a nice warm soup here in Wales in the cold winter!

    Happy 2012 :)

  • ashwini January 6, 2012, 7:13 am

    very healthy ,loved the simple flavours of this soup… great recipe.. wish you &your family very happy new year!

  • Joyce Alvares January 8, 2012, 1:58 am

    I think the recipe is not complete…..
    ————-
    Mix all the ingredients, add 2 cups of water (or vegetable/chicken stock). Pressure cook them for about 4 whistles till everything is cooked through. Once cooked.
    —————
    What comes after once cooked????

    • Shilpa January 8, 2012, 8:27 am

      Thanks Joyce. Updated

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