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Burmese tomato-chickpea soup with lemongrass

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Soy-Free

2 Servings, 600 Calories/Serving

45 Minutes

The complex flavors in this simple soup come by way of Burma, where the cuisine draws from China, India, and Thailand. The chickpeas lend it texture and protein, while the mix of lemongrass, ginger, and turmeric takes the broth in an intriguing and delicious direction. The heat from the (optional) chile flakes is tempered by a soothing dose of yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 shallots
  • 1½ cup chickpeas
  • Lemongrass paste (lemongrass - fresh garlic - fresh ginger - turmeric - canola olive oil blend - salt)
  • ½ teaspoon Oaktown Spice Shop kimchi chile flakes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 lime
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt

Nutrition per serving

Instructions

1

Prep the shallots and chickpeas

  • Peel and chop the shallots.
  • Rinse the chickpeas.

2

Cook the shallots

In a pot over medium heat, warm 3 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the shallots, season with salt, and cook until tender and beginning to caramelize, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the lemongrass paste and as much of the kimchi chile flakes as you like, and cook until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

3

Finish the soup

To the shallot mixture, stir in the tomato paste. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, and ¼ cup water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is slightly reduced, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 4 cups water, bring to boil, reduce to simmer, and cook until the liquid is reduced by one-fourth, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt. While the soup cooks, prepare the garnishes.

4

Prep the garnishes

  • Coarsely chop the cilantro.
  • Trim the ends from the scallions; thinly slice the scallions.
  • Cut the lime into wedges.

5

Serve

Ladle the soup into individual bowls. Sprinkle with the cilantro and scallions. Dollop with the yogurt and serve with the lime wedges.

6

Ingredient IQ

For elegant, slender scallion garnishes, cut the scallions in half, then cut them lengthwise into ⅛ inch-thick strips. Soak the strips in ice water. Drain and pat dry before serving.

Calories: 600, Protein: 20 g, Fiber: 12 g, Total Fat: 31 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 21.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.5 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 330 mg, Carbohydrates: 63 g, Added Sugar: 0 g. Contains: Milk