Greek chickpeas lemon soup

  • Author: Jenny
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 120 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: Cretan, Greek


Chickpeas soup is absolutely delicious with a distinctive flavor. The lemon adds brightness and sophistication. Pair it with smoked herring and onion slices. Don’t forget the crusty bread!



  • 1 lb chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 large red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 tbsp dry oregano
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper

for finishing the soup

  • juice from 12 lemons
  • 1 cup soup broth
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour


  1. Soak the chickpeas in plenty of water overnight.
  2. Put them in a large pot cover with water and bring them to a boil. Drain and add them back to the pot. Repeat the same process 2-3 times until they are half cooked. Drain chickpeas well and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, in medium heat, add the olive oil and the the onion.
  4. Sauté onion until it’s transparent and fragrant. Add the chickpeas, oregano and the bay leaves.
  5. Sauté everything for a 2-3 minutes then add water to cover chickpeas plus 2 inches.
  6. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cook for about an hour or more if needed until they are tender. Shortly before chickpeas are cooked season with salt and pepper.
  7. In a bowl add the lemon juice and stir in the flour with a whisk.
  8. Slowly start adding a little of the soup broth. Keep stirring vigorously. Pour into the soup and mix well.
  9. Serve hot with smoked herring and onion slices. Don’t forget the crusty bread.


Depending on the chickpeas you are using, you might have to adjust the cooking time.  For example, greek chickpeas cooked quicker than the ones I found in Hoboken. I had to add 30 minutes or so of cooking time. You want your chickpeas to be soft and on the verge of being “mushy” – in a good way. 

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