Despite being a soup, this is a rich and satisfying recipe than many main dishes. This recipe appeared to me in a very random way. One day, when we were thinking what to cook for dinner, I said let’s make cold soup, my husband wanted to make salad. And we decided to make both but I wanted to add chicken to the salad at least.
Of course, the first thing that came to my mind was cold yogurt soup recipe. But I realized that there was no wheat grains left. I decided to use bulgur instead. But it was not enough. So, I used chickpeas more than ever and added green lentils and at last instead of adding chicken to salad, I added it to the soup and this recipe came out. I don’t know how many bowls of soup we ate that day. Then it became one of the favorite recipes of this summer. Its main materials are hi. I have not changed the main ingredients but I changed the green ingredients according to what I have at hand. I tried fresh basil and dill and they were as good as mint and parsley.
You may also be wondering whether boiled dried beans can be used instead of chickpeas. One of the most frequently asked questions about such changes is “If I use this instead of that, will it change the taste?”. Maybe the wrong question is chosen for what is meant (may be they try to ask if it will be a problem?) or I am too stuck with the meaning of the words. But I only have the words as a reference in a written communication.
If we want to exemplify this recipe; “If we use beans instead of chickpeas, does the taste of the recipe change?” What do you think?
Since the tastes of chickpeas and beans are different, the taste of the soup will be different. If the tastes were not different we would not have different recipes for chickpeas and dried beans, right?
If the question is “does this change cause any problems in the recipe?”, the answer is no. It turns out a soup with a different flavor but very tasty. Of course, in such cases, personal preferences should not be ignored.
There is a more important question here; “Will this change make you happy?” If you like chickpeas more than dried beans, the chickpea version of the soup will be more suitable for you, for example. Let your first criterion be your personal taste, not the ingredients available.
Enjoy the recipe…
- 1/2 chicken breast,
- 1/2 cup thick bulgur,
- 3 cups boiled/canned chickpeas,
- 1 cup boiled green lentils,
- 500 g plain yogurt,
- 3 cups chicken broth,
- 1 handful of chopped fresh mint,
- 1 handful of chopped parsley,
- Take the chicken into a deep pan, add the bulgur and enough water over it and boil it until the chicken softens,
- After cooling, remove the chicken from the broth and take the bulgur into a deep bowl together with 3 cups of broth,
- Add and whisk the yogurt,
- Add and mix chickpeas, lentils and shredded chicken,
- Add chopped mint, parsley and salt and mix.