Recipe for Chickpea and Potato Barley Soup

Chickpea and barley soup is a dish that is definitely worth considering adding to your recipe book. It is an ideal meal in terms of cleansing the body. It is also a great alternative for those who are looking for a light dinner option or are trying to lose weight.

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Barley is a type of grain that is rich in fiber. It is great when it comes to digestive regularity and can even prevent constipation. The grain also contains niacin and thiamine, which aid in the breakdown of nutrients into energy.

Chickpeas, instead, are legumes rich in iron and protein. They can aid in the production of red blood cells and thereby improve the transfer of oxygen throughout the bloodstream. Chickpeas also contain folic acid and promote skin health.

Potatoes, in addition to flavor, also contain complex carbohydrates. The presence of potatoes helps with the slow release of energy in the body. They also contain vitamin B, which can help with the nervous system and the breaking down of nutrients.

Soup Recipe

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With this soup recipe, we are going to start with the chickpeas. Begin by soaking the chickpeas in water for at least eight hours, even overnight if possible. Next, drain the chickpeas and place them in a pot with plenty of cold water. Turn on the stove and let the chickpeas boil for about an hour, or until they are soft.

While waiting for your chickpeas, wash and peel your potatoes. Next, slice the potatoes into cubes and place them in boiling water for about 20 minutes. Once the potatoes are tender, we can drain them and put them aside.

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For the barley, we will need another pot. Toast the barley in the pot for a few minutes, then add one liter of vegetable broth. Let the barley simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes, until it is also tender.

Once the chickpeas are ready, drain them and add them to the potatoes. At this point, we can also add our barley. Stir in a little more vegetable oil and let everything cook for an additional 15 minutes. Once our soup is steaming hot, it is ready to serve. The last step is adding a little salt and pepper to taste. 

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