Monday, January 08, 2007

Chicken Soup with Garbanzo Bean From Other Blogs

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There was a lot of red in the season and in my blog last week. Remember the Eveready Ad , "Give me Red" and so enough Red was given and endured. Now it's time to go mellow with yellow.
With all the dinners and lunch during the weekend I wanted to have something light for today. Also with Indo talking about controlling carbs and eating healthy I thought why not and went over to Kalyn's Kitchen to get some soup. She had some wonderful low carb, healthy soups and I found the Chicken Soup with Garbanzo Beans particularly alluring. Never had this combination before and thought of giving it a try

However the hardcore desi that I am, I needed to give a desi touch to this pardesi soup to suit my palate. Remember the song from Dard Ka Rishta

Yun Neend se Wo Jo Jaan-e-Chaman Jag Uthi hai
Pardes mei Jo Yaad-e-Watan Jag Uthi Hai...

Anyway the result was very tasty though I am sure it was far from anything that Kalyn intended. So with due apologies to her here is my version of the soup . Please check Kalyn’s page for her original recipe

Chicken Garbanzo Bean Soup Desi Ishtyle

What You Need

Chicken ~ small pieces, I used 10/12 small pieces
Garbanzo Bean or ChickPea ~ 1 cup
Onion ~ 1 small diced
Baby Carrots ~ 5/6 chopped
Green Chillies ~ 2/3

For Marinade
Soy sauce ~ 1tsp
Worcestershire sauce~ 1 tsp
Garlic paste ~ ½ tsp
Ginger paste ~ ½ tsp

Garlic ~ 1 tsp of finely chopped garlic
Ginger ~ ½ tsp of crushed ginger

Key Lime or any other lime ~ I used juice of one small key lime, substitute with suitable measure of other lime juice
Lemon Zest
Parsley ~ 1/2 cups freshly chopped

Elaichi or Cardamom ~ 2 pods
Laung or Clove ~ 2
Black Pepper ~ 10/12 crushed

Olive Oil

How I Did It

I had 10/12 pieces of a Cornish hen cut up in small pieces in the freezer.Marinated them with 1tsp of Soy sauce a little of worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tsp of ginger and garlic paste for half hour or more
Heat 1 and 1/2 tbsp of Olive Oil
Add 1 tsp of finely chopped garlic and 2 Cardamom and 2 Cloves
Add the chopped onions
Sauté till they are translucent
Add Chicken pieces and sauté till they are browned
Add carrots
Add the garbanzo beans
Add crushed ginger about 1/2 tsp, chopped green chillies and add water
Add lemon zest and coarsely ground black pepper and salt to taste
Cover and cook on slow heat
When almost done add chopped parsley and a juice of one small key lime
Bring to a rolling boil and you are done.
Serve garnished with parsley

This bowl of soup made a very tasty and light but hearty meal. The weather today being pretty much wintry, a sharp change from the Spring weather of the weekend, this light and warm soup definitely warmed the cockles of our heart.

Garbanzo Beans or chickpeas are the most widely consumed legume in the world. Originating in the Middle East, they have a firm texture with a flavor somewhere between chestnuts and walnuts. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans have 361 calories per 100g, and are rich in carbohydrates, proteins, phosphorus, calcium and iron.

I am sending this to Coffee's MBP as my entry for Cooking From Other Blogs

Trivia:In ancient Rome where the chickpea was highly valued, the leader Cicero proudly claimed his name derived from cicer, the Latin term for chickpea. It is believed that one of Cicero’s ancestors was named Cicero because he had a wart on his nose that looked like a chickpea.


  1. Looks yummy!! Have to try it soon!!

  2. And I welcome it with both my hands :)
    What a lovely twist!!!!! I liked your idea of adding an indian taste to it :)

  3. Sandeepa, that is one fantastic soup you have over there. Are you carb cutting too? this soup is a great way to do that.
    I am guilty of the same thing desifying everything, I can't resist adding atleast a few green chillies or a dash of red chilly powder.

  4. Great info and recipe.YUM!! I have one too without chicken!:)Enjoy.

  5. Nice looking soup, that one! :)

  6. Thanks sene and coffee

    I am not able to cut carbs however much I try because I love my rice too much

    Will look up your recipe too. I just came across this at Kalyn's when she was talking about South Beach


  7. Hi Sandeepa, soup looks quite international - want to eat it right off the comp.

  8. I love chikpeas..especially in soups...they lend such a hearty flavor to it...I'd make this without the chicken though...Thanks for the Indian style recipe...Looks grand!


  9. lovely and yummlicious :)Have to try this

  10. Sra, Meenal
    yeah try this it's light and hearty

    I didn't know you could put chickpeas in soup that's why I thought this soup is so different :)

  11. Wow! You are already in for the blog patrol! The soup looks yummy and nutritious.

  12. sandeepa, i love soups and loved garbanzo soup of yours as well. But a small query.Can chicken be substituted with any veggie? Let me know.

  13. oh so beautiful, I like your version too!

  14. i too made a soup yest. will blog abt it tomo..ur hindi verse had me singing.. my desh kit dharti....

  15. Sandeepa, this looks delicious. I have to try it now... also, thanks for letting me know about betutu ayyam

  16. Rp, Gattina
    Thank You :)

    I am sure you can do without the chicken , put in more veggies and maybe even tofu

    Tha was good "My Desh Ki Dharti", see the MY :) maybe that's what we will end up singing eventually

    Thanks to You, Your Betutu Ayya turned out great for me.

  17. it's yummmmmmmm, never gonna miss out on thisRecipe trial..Looks so Tempting! Sandeepa, thanks for sharing your ideas and such a wonderful Recipe..:) Have a great weekend!

  18. Hi Sandeepa,the soup looks delicious. Thanks for inquiring...will be posting soon, just got busy these days.

  19. Lera and Sri
    Thanks for dropping by. Good to see you guys back

  20. Hi Sandeepa...
    Great recipe. But how much water should I use?
    - Georgina Fernandez, Kuala Lumpur

  21. Georgina you can add 4-5 cups of water or stock. If needed do adjust the water according to your need

  22. I know this blog is ancient, but I stumbled upon it few days ago and tried this recipe last night. I had some Chicken Stock on its death-bed so I used that instead of water. After tasting the end result, I HAD to post this comment. It turned it absolutely wonderful! So flavorful and filling and fulfilling.
    This recipe is a keeper!
    Thank you, Sandeepa :)


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