The cuisine of the Arab world isn’t one of the most diverse in the world but it definitely does have a lot of tasty dishes to offer. As with any culture, there are certain regional differences that influence the different kinds of food that people eat, however these variations aren’t exactly set in stone. However there are a few things that generally hold true of Arabic food. There is generally quite an emphasis on yoghurt products and lamb or chicken are the two main meats which are eaten.
That of course doesn’t mean that there isn’t a huge variety of other dishes that are commonly consumed. Many soups of Arabic origin are incredibly flavoursome and very filling. If you want to have a go at making your own then check out the recipe below for how to make Chickpea Soup like the Arabic people do! Learning to speak the Arabic language is one thing but learning how to cook their food is a whole new experience altogether!
This dish takes approximately two hours to make and will keep you full up for much longer afterwards. So first, gather the required ingredients, which are:
One cup of chickpeas (it’s best if you’ve already soaked these overnight)
Eight cups of water
A tablespoon of olive oil
Six cloves of garlic
A pepper, preferably hot!
A generous serving of coriander
A teaspoon of ground mustard seeds
Half a cup of lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
This will be enough to happily satisfy at least four people!
So you can now place your chickpeas and water in a pan and boil them. Allow this to continue for about an hour whilst you fry the onion, pepper and garlic in a separate pan. Once these ingredients are nice and brown, you can add the into the boiling chick pea pan and continue to cook for an additional hour.
As the second hour is coming to an end, you can stir in the mustard seeds, lemon juice, and the coriander. Now is the time to take it off the heat and serve. Remember to sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and enjoy!