1can(19 ounces) no salt added chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and dried well
3 1/2cupsreduced sodium vegetable stock
1can lite coconut milk
Kosher salt and pepper
Thai red chilithinly sliced
Place the chickpeas onto a clean kitchen towel. Then top with another towel, and gently use the towel to rub them until the chickpeas start to pop out of their thin, translucent skins. The skins hold a lot of moisture, so getting rid of as many as you can will help keep these beans crispier longer. Don’t worry about getting each and every one, just remove any that easily pop off.
Transfer the dried chickpeas to a large baking sheet. Toss the chickpeas with a tablespoon of olive oil and ¼ teaspoon of sea salt and curry. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy, stirring and tossing them at least once during the cooking process.
Turn the oven off, and allow them to sit in the oven (with the oven door closed) as the oven cools down for at least an hour up to until the pan is no longer hot.
Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and add in the curry powder and sunchoke slices. Pan-fry until golden brown on both sides, about 30 seconds to a minute. Drain on a few sheets of paper towel and set aside.
Preheat a large pot over medium high heat and add in the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté until transluscent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, ginger and curry paste and stir until the onion is coated in the paste. Cook for about 30 seconds.
Add in the sunchokes and sauté until they are coated in the mixture, then add in the chickpeas and vegetable stock. Cover and simmer on medium heat for about 20-25 minutes until the sunchokes are very soft.
Add in the coconut milk and using a hand blender, puree until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Keep warm until ready to eat.
Garnish with the chickpeas, sunchoke chips, bean sprouts, cilantro, chili, lime and carrots.
Remember, when you're making soup, there are times it can come out either too thick or too thin. If you make this vegan curry soup and it's too thin, let it reduce a bit more my keeping it on the heat with the lid off for a few extra minutes. If it's too thick, add some extra coconut milk or vegetable stock. It's really that easy!Lucky for you, this recipe makes lots of extra crispy chickpeas. I like to use the extra chickpeas by throwing them into a salad, garnishing other types of soup, on top of avocado toast for breakfast, or you could even eat them on their own as a balanced snack!I also highly suggest serving this soup with some warm bread so you can get in on the dipping action. My personal favourite addition to the side of this vegan curry soup is a hot piece of naan.