North African Vegetable Soup

North African Vegetable Soup

Time: 50 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 small potato, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 4 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 small zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup curly vermicelli, crumbled
  • 1 cup chickpeas (canned or cooked)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  • 1 In a soup pot, saute the onions and celery in the oil until onions are translucent.
  • 2 Add the spices, potatoes, and carrots and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
  • 3 Mix in the tomatoes, tomato juice and stock and simmer until all of the vegetables are almost tender.
  • 4 Add the zucchini and vermicelli and simmer for about 5 minutes longer.
  • 5 Mix in the chick peas, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
  • 6 Garnish with chopped parsley, mint leaves, and strips of red bell pepper or pimiento.
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