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Creamy Chick-Pea Soup with Dukkah

Yield: 11 Cups Mmmmm-


* 1/4 c Sesame seeds
* 1/4 c Chopped hazelnuts
* 3 tb Coriander seeds
* 2 tb Cuminseed
* 3/4 ts Salt
* 2 md Onions chopped
* 2 Garlic cloves chopped fine
* 3 tb Olive oil
* 1 lb Dried chick-peas picked over
* 5 Cups chicken broth
* 6 c Water plus additional for -thinning soup
* 2 Bay leaves
* 1/2 ts Ground allspice
* 1/2 ts White peppercorns


MAKE DUKKAH: In an 8-inch dry skillet saute all dukkah ingredients except salt over moderately high heat stirring and being careful not to burn spices until golden brown about 4 to 5 minutes.

Cool dukkah and in a spice grinder or cleaned electric coffee grinder grind fine. Transfer dukkah to a small bowl and stir in salt. Dukkah may be made 1 week ahead and chilled covered.

MAKE SOUP: In a heavy kettle cook onions and garlic in oil over moderate heat stirring until softened. Add remaining soup ingredients and simmer covered 2 1/2 hours or until chick-peas are very tender. Cool soup uncovered 15 minutes and discard bay leaves. In a blender or food processor puree soup in batches straining each batch through a fine sieve into a large bowl pressing hard on solids. Soup may be prepared up to this point 5 days ahead and chilled covered. In kettle reheat soup over moderate heat stirring occasionally and adding additional water to thin to desired consistency until hot. Ladle soup into small coffee cups and sprinkle with dukkah.

Makes about 11 cups serving 16 to 20 as a hearty hors d'oeuvre.

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