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Egyptian Chickpea Spinach Soup

This is a variation on our Arabian Baharat version of this soup using our Ras el Hanout. It is equally delicious!

 2 tbsp olive oil
 3 medium onions finely chopped
 2 cloves garlic crushed
 6- 8 tsp Ras el Hanout
 2 tbsp tomato paste
 150g dried apricots chopped
 zest of 1/2 a lemon
 juice of 1 small lemon
 6 cups vegetable stock
 1-19 oz can chickpeas
 1 large bunch spinach (200g), stemmed and shredded
 salt to taste (1/2 tsp)

For garnish:
 whole yogurt and fresh mint leaves

Heat oil and cook onions gently at low heat in a covered soup pot until translucent but not browned. Add garlic, Ras el Hanout and continue cooking stirring constantly for a minute. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 3 minutes more. Add apricots, lemon zest & juice, chick peas and stock. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until cooked.

Cool soup slightly, pour into blender and blend until smooth. Return to saucepan, reheat to low simmer, add spinach and stir in until it wilts (approximately 5 minutes).

Garish each bowl with a swirl of yogurt and 1 or 2 coarsely chopped mint leaves.