Lazy Spicey Chick Pea Soup (for a chilly winter evening)

Garam Masala (Hot spices) is a very popular blend of spices in pakistan and india. Brown cardamom, Green Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg , Mace and black pepper are the main ingredients. However cumin seed, caraway and bay leaves are also used. In punjab it is further diluted with coriander powder.

“L” is for lazy, and in this case, a soup so good, I ate it all before I got a photo.

  • Soak about 1/3 of cup dried chick peas, overnightCiecierzyca-01
  • Drain and rinse, cover with water and bring to boil.
  • Simmer until just about tender. (About an hour, to an hour and a half)


Then add:

  • a couple inches thinly sliced leek
  • about 1/4-1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • equal amount of chopped char
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of dried, hot red chili
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer until almost tender
  • add about 1/3-1/2 cup tart red wine
  • and about a dessert spoonful Golden Syrup


  • place 3 or 4 whole cabbage leaves on surface, cover and simmer
  • Simmer till tender, let stand for a couple of hours, then reheat before serving.


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