Here’s how this chickpea and brown rice soup was born: Looking for a quick lunch idea one morning, I found a simple yet rich-sounding soup on The Healthy Family and Home. It ticked several of my favorite flavor boxes: coconut milk, garam masala, cilantro, and ginger, just to name a few. Kel and I had Healthy Family’s Spicy Chickpea and Tomato Soup for lunch that day and enjoyed every last spoonful.
As I often tend to do… later I noodled around with the recipe, made it more complicated (it’s a sickness I have…), and increased the quantity because I love having soup leftovers either for storage in the freezer or eating within a few days of the original meal. I omitted the oil and added brown rice for additional bite. Blending a few cups of the soup makes for a wonderful thick consistency.
This soup has become a lunchtime staple in our house. Give it a try – or go for the faster, smaller quantity version over at The Healthy Family and Home. Either way, you’ll enjoy a full-flavored soup that’ll warm you inside and out.
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. turmeric
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- ~ 2 1/4 cups cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 15-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp. pickled jalapeños
- 1/2 cup brown basmati rice
- 1 15-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
- chopped cilantro, for garnish
- In a large pot, add the onion, carrot, celery and a splash of vegetable broth (or water) and sauté for about 5 minutes. If the veggies get dry, add more broth or water. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, garam masala, garlic powder, and turmeric and cook for another minute.
- Pour in the 4 cups of broth, chickpeas, tomatoes and pickled jalapeños, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove about 2 cups of the broth mixture and set aside. Now stir in the basmati rice, cover again and cook until tender, 30-40 minutes.
- While the rice cooks, add the reserved broth mixture to a blender and process until smooth. When the rice is tender, add back to the soup the 2 cups of blended broth. Stir in the coconut milk and gently reheat the soup.
- Serve with fresh cilantro, if desired.