Eating Healthy: Chickpea + Kale Soup

This recipe is one of OYP teacher Sally's favorites for fall. In her words, "This soup is warming with many spices, lots of kale, and chickpeas, and is perfect for Vata season. I add quinoa for a little extra bulk, texture, taste and nutrition."

Read below to learn how to make this delicious + hearty fall soup!

North African Chickpea and Kale Soup
*recipe adapted from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. Original recipe here. 


1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced or diced
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8-1/4 teaspoon chilli powder or cayenne
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
generous pinch saffron, lightly crushed
2 bay leaves
1 3-inch cinnamon stick
3 cups cooked chickpeas (or 2 cans, drained and rinsed)
8 cups vegetable broth (or water plus bouillon)
1 large bunch kale, thick center ribs removed and chopped (at least 8 cups)
about 2 cups water
salt to taste


1. Spray a large saucepan with olive oil spray and heat it.
2. Add the onion and carrot and cook over medium-high heat until the onion begins to brown (about 5 minutes).
3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
4. Add the spices, including bay leaves and cinnamon stick, and cook, stirring, for another minute.
5. Add the chickpeas and stir to coat them with the spices.
6. Pour in the 8 cups of vegetable stock, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer for 20 minutes.
7. Add the chopped kale and stir. If necessary, add water to cover the kale and cook until it is tender, about 10-25 minutes, depending on how cooked you like your kale.
8. Check frequently to see if it is becoming dry and add water as needed.
9. Add salt to taste and serve.

Serves 6-8. 


Image credit: Fat Free Vegan Kitchen