CURRIED CHICK PEA SOUP

    Chick peas or garbanzo beans are high in fiber and protein and can be delicious in so many ways. Hummus is one and incorporated in a soup is another. If you use dried chick peas, they must be soaked in water for about 8 hours. Canned chick peas are quick and easy but more expensive. This recipe will feed 6 to 8 people, depending on portion sizes.

    2 cans (20 ounces each) of chick peas or 1 cup dried chick peas
    1 cup crushed tomatoes
    6 cloves of garlic, crushed
    ˝ cup of olive oil
    1 ˝ cups of water or broth
    1 teaspoon of curry powder (or according to taste)
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Sauté garlic in olive oil
    Add chick peas and cook for a minute or two
    Add tomatoes and continue cooking for a few minutes
    Add water or vegetable broth and curry powder and cook for 5 to 10 minutes
    Puree or mash if you like the lumpy but interesting texture of chick peas and tomatoes

    Serve with a swirl of good olive oil