Lamb and Chickpea Soup Recipe

By Angela Casley
Lamb and chickpea soup. Picture / Babiche Martens.

Serves 4

• 2 lamb knuckles or hocks
• 2 Tbsp olive oil
• 1 leek, sliced
• 1 onion, chopped
• 4 cloves garlic
• 1 carrot, chopped
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 1 tsp cumin
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• 3 bay leaves
• 4 sprigs thyme
• 4 tomatoes
• 1 litre chicken stock or water
• 2 cups cooked chickpeas
• 1 cup diced potatoes
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• ½ cup chopped parsley

1. Preheat oven to 200. Place lamb on a baking tray and cook in oven for 30 minutes, to allow fat to drip off. Remove lamb from tray, discarding the fat.

2. In a large pot, heat oil. Add leek, onion and garlic. Cook slowly, covered, for 8-10 minutes until leeks are completely soft. Add carrot, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and bay leaves. Stir for a minute, then add thyme, tomatoes and stock. Add lamb to pot. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add chickpeas and potatoes and cook for 30 more minutes. Remove lamb and, using two forks, remove meat from bones and return to soup.

3. Add parsley and serve.

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