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OK!  This is basically the Israeli Chickpea Soup, but the other day I added some salsa and some curry powder.  It was SO good that I thought it deserved to be a soup recipe here on the boards in its own right.  This is fast and easy and really tasty.

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2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 small yellow onion, sliced (approx. 1 cup)
2 cans of chick peas, drained (15 or 15.5 oz. each)
2 pints fat free chicken broth
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves (no need to chop them)
1 Tbsp. curry powder (use just half if you want a more subtle flavor)
2/3 cup salsa- homemade or from a jar (make sure there's no added sugar)


1.  Heat the olive oil on medium/high in a large saucepan with a lid.  Add the onion and curry powder, and sautee for 3 minutes, stirring.

2.  Add the drained chickpeas, salsa and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover.  Simmer for 10 minutes.

3.  Uncover and add the cilantro.  Cook for 2 more minutes and then remove from heat.  Let it cool slightly and then totally blend until smooth, either in batches in the blender or with a potato masher.  (Note:  You'll get best results if you use a blender:  either a regular blender or a hand-held immersion blender such as the "Braun Multiquick Hand Blender," so the cilantro is completely pureed with the onions and chickpeas in the soup.  If you use a potato masher instead, I recommend finely dicing the onion and chopping the cilantro leaves as finely as you can prior to cooking. There is no need to chop the cilantro if using a blender.) Re-heat if necessary. 

Tip:  Eat a bowl of this soup 15 or 20 minutes prior to your main protein meal of the day.  It helps you feel fuller and more satisfied for longer

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I've only made it with my own homemade salsa, and it's delicious!  You should give it a try, greenheron.  (I make my salsa out of tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell pepper, key lime juice, cilantro, and jalapenos or habanero peppers, plus a bit of salt & pepper.) 

This is one scrumptious soup, and if you think about it, quite a few Indian and Pakistani recipes contain the same ingredients with tomato bases.

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This is really a winner and I'll be making it again and again in the future.  I brought some for my husband to try when I brought him a sandwich to work for lunch.  (He isn't doing LDL, ...... yet. ;))  He ate it and wouldn't commit on whether he liked it or not.  He said something silly like, "I'm eating it because I love you."  :rolleyes:  But he isn't fooling me, because he never eats anything he doesn't like.  Not even because he loves me.  :inlove:  I'm just going to keep doing LDL and keep losing weight, eventually he'll join me. He is eating more fruit and I think he lost a few pounds just from this.  :)


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Oh, I used the Pace Salsa too.  All the ingredients were fine.  The smell in my kitchen was so good.  I loved cooking this.


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This is really goood, but I'm breaking out in a sweat right now eating it!  I may need to reconsider the HOT salsa next time around, but it is DEEELISH!

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Bumping this back to the top for CL (I think that was who said they hadn't acquired a taste for curry).  For her and others who haven't, try this soup!

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I think this soup is delicious, Julie.  I made it the way you said you did, with grilled chicken chopped into it.  It is really great that way.


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Came looking for something inspiring to cook tomorrow for my visiting vegetarian daughter. She will LOVE this one, made with veggie broth instead of chicken broth. We ate your most filling tomato the other day, and plan to do your pizza soup soon. What would our house be without your great recipes?! I don't want to know... Thanks so much, Little Mary.

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