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Aug 31, 2013 11:48 AM

Hummus soup? Well sort of

I asked earlier in this forum, what should we do with all the water left from boiling your own chick peas.

I was cooking with my wife making hummus when it hit me.
Hey why don't we use all the ingredients of hummus and make a soup out of it.

I must say that I was pretty impressed with myself. My wife was skeptic but she liked it.

the result was a very satisfying soup that will need some tweaks.

Basically to the 3 liters of boiled chick peas water I added.
1 cup lemon juice
4 grated garlic
1/2 cup tahini
2 cup chick peas

seasoned with
1/2 tea spoon cumin
1/2 spoon mediterranean all spice

The result was a lemony satisfying soup.

What do you think, How would you tweak this soup to make it even better?

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  1. I make chickpea soup now & then, and I add smoked paprika and/or spinach and/or canned tomato to the ingredients you list. Minus the cumin and tahini. Not a big fan of cumin. Rosemary is a nice idea, also.

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    1. re: small h

      Thanks for he tips.Will try this nexttime.

      You should try the tahini it gave the soup creamy side and the taste of sesame was really nce.

    2. Um, mark bittman beat you to the punch line a few months ago- i made this and loved it, minus the feta cuz i'm anti-feta

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      1. re: Ttrockwood

        @Ttrockwood: Thanks for the link. Mine was a hot sop. His is a cold soup.

        Will definitely try his version. But were back to square one with that recipe, what to do with 3 liters (+-3/4 gallon) of hummus water.
        He uses just water not the water from the boiled chick peas. So I feel that I'm still original and still experimenting ;) lol lol lol

        1. re: maj54us

          I'm sure you could use the bean cooking liquid instead of water- the proportions and spices could be a good starting point for you.

      2. Hawaij (Yemenite spice mix) might be a good addition if you can find it locally. Or make your own.
        You could also try adding some heat -- minced hot pepper or the like.
        What is Mediterranean all spice?

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        1. re: almond tree

          @Almond tree:
          I asked the store owner and he said the real name is "Lebanese 7 spices" even if there's 8 spices.

          A ready mix made from the following

          1/2 cup ground black pepper
          1/2 cup ground cumin
          1/2 cup paprika
          1/4 cup ground coriander
          1/4 cup ground cloves
          4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
          4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
          2 teaspoons ground cardamom

          1. re: maj54us

            Interesting -- and somewhat similar to the hawaij I suggested.
            Another idea: what about sprinkling with za'atar after serving?

        2. I cook a lot of chickpeas and I use the water as stock in many kinds of soup. I salt the chickpeas 30 min or so before they are done cooking and I find the liquid to be very tasty. Sometimes it even gels like chicken stock.