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Split pea soup is very simple and yet too tasty. Its subtle taste of cumin brings me to my childhood. My Mom used to prepare this warm soup in the coldest winter nights to help us strengthen our immune system and prevent catching cold.
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Bessara: An authentic Moroccan vegan soup
Bessara is a popular Moroccan immune-boosting soup which Moroccans prepare with dried and peeled fava beans or split peas or both.
Moroccan serve it for breakfast and diner in winter, as they can serve it also as a side dish.
At the begining, this soup was a principal meal of the poor. Now it is no more prevalent among poor families, but it became a food of all diferent social classes alike. Now you can find it also in the most of restaurants.
Moroccan vegan soup: An easy immune-boosting soup
Moroccan Bessara or split pea soup is extremely rich in fiber, minerals, protein, and many immune-boosting nutrients. The ingredients used to prepared varries among all Moroccan regions.
In this recipe, I have used garlic, onion, cumin, and ginger. All of these elements are very important to help you keep your immune system powerful.
Prepare a DELICIOUS vegan split pea immune-boosting soup
For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1/2 kg dried split peas
- 1 red onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 generous teaspoons of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- 1 teaspoon of diced fresh ginger
- Olive oil
- Fresh colored chili pepper for topping
- 1/3 cooking cream (optional)
- Start by rinsing the split peas and emptying water until it runs clear. Then soak them in water for at least one hour.
- The longer the split peas are soaked, the faster they will cook
- Put the oil to heat in a pan on medium heat.
- Chop and brown onion and garlic for about 2 minutes. Then, add pepper, cumin, and ginger.
- Pour drained split peas and cover the mix with water. The water should be 3cm on top.
- Set on low heat, cover, and cook for one hour and a half.
- When the split peas are tender, add salt. I recommend adding salt at the end of cooking so that the split peas cook quickly.
- When the split pars are cooked, mix everything in a blender.
- Add cream if you would like to. I usually do not use it.
Dress up your immune-boosting soup
Usually, Moroccans dress up this soup with some chili flakes, cumin powder, and olive oil. In some regions, they serve it with argan oil and some lemon drops.
I topped it only with fresh colored chili pepper. Olive oil and cumin can be added based on your preferences.
I have served this immune-boosting soup with some pieces of delicious Moroccan pita bread. You can also use roasted toast.
Make sure to serve this soup immediately, as it becomes more consistent as it cools and it will look more like a puree.
To stay healthy in these challenging circumstances related to COVID-19 epidemy, I encourage you to include as many immune-boosting foods in your daily lifestyle.
I will keep posting easy and immune-boosting recipes here. Stay tuned!
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