With the return of the cold and the arrival of autumn, soup season has come but as it is a little early to say goodbye to the sun, I offer you a soup that is full of it and which I am sure will stimulate you. the taste buds with its Middle Eastern accents.
2 tsp EACH cumin powder, coriander, paprika
1 tsp cardamon powder (can omit if you don’t have
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, finely chopped
500g / 1 lb lamb mince (ground lamb, or beef) (Note 1)
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 carrots, peeled and chopped (about size of chickpeas)
600g / 21 oz canned chickpeas, drained (1.5 standard cans)
400g / 14oz can crushed tomato
3 cups / 750 ml chicken broth / stock
1 bunch spinach, roughly chopped (about 4 packed cups) (wilts a lot)
Plain yoghurt (or sour cream), fresh coriander / cilantro
- Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute until starting to turn translucent.
- Add lamb and cook, breaking it up as you go. When it has mostly turned from pink to light brown, add spices.
- Cook for 1 minute, then add tomato paste and cook for another 1 minute. (It smells amazing!)
- Add carrots, chickpeas, tomato and broth. Stir and bring to simmer.
- Cover with lid, lower heat so it is bubbling energetically but not crazy rapidly. Cook for 10 minutes until carrot is tender but not super soft – I like it to have a bit of bite still, if you want super soft, keep cooking.
- Stir through spinach. Once wilted, adjust salt, pepper and spiciness (cayenne) to taste.
- Ladle into bowls, add a dollop of yogurt and a generous sprinkling of cilantro. Enjoy!
- Beef is the next best sub. Chicken, turkey and veal an also be used.