This thick, stewlike soup is eaten in many countries of the Middle East, often forming the centerpiece of simple peasant meals. Salads, olives, bread, and yogurt dishes are served on the side. Although soaked shickpeas are generally tender enough to eat after an hour of cooking, it is important here that they cook longer. This way the chickpeas themselves get somewhat softer, the liquid thickens considerably, and the soup develops a cohesion that it would otherwise lack.
It might be a good idea to taste the soup before putting in the lemon juice. Chickpea broth has a natural sweetness that you may prefer to leave untouched.
- 2 cups dried chickpeas, picked over, washed, and drained
- 2 medium-sized onions, peeled, and chopped
- 2 medium-sized boiling potatoes, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 T. salt, or to taste
- 1/2 t. ground turmeric
- 1 t. ground cumin seeds
- 1 t. ground coriander seeds
- 1/8 t. cayenne pepper, or to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 T. lemon juice