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as requested by Peggy…

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After not seeing each other for more than three weeks, Peggy and I just had to get together and go out for lunch this past Monday. That’s a long time to not see your BFF!

The day before, I called her to make our lunch plans. Coincidentally, she was having lunch at Pita Jungle, enjoying Coconut Curried Soup w/ Chickpeas, with her daughter, Natalie.

Peggy said, “Linda, I LOVE this soup! You have to taste it, figure out how to make it, and give me the recipe!”  I told her that if she didn’t mind going back to Pita Jungle the next day – I’d do my best.

Problem is, that the Coconut Curried Soup with Chickpeas is not on the printed or online menus at Pita Jungle. This means there is no description of the soup for me to take any of my cues from.

I’ve deciphered restaurant recipes many times before but there’s always been some sort of guide or reference, you know, a description of the dish – besides just the food itself. This was going to be more challenging than I had originally thought.

Monday, I ordered the soup. I ordered nothing else, I wanted all my focus to be on the flavors of that soup.  I tasted it and knew some of the ingredients for certain; obviously coconut milk, probably full fat. I’m going to use lite coconut milk for my recipe, feel free to use full fat if you’d rather.

There was most certainly red curry paste, garlic, ginger … and possibly jalapeño as well.

pita jungle soup

Next, I spread the vegetables out on the rim of the bowl to see what I could see; I snapped this photo of it – let’s see… red bell pepper, tomato, poblano pepper, parsley, chickpeas, onion, and either orange bell pepper or carrot.  The orange-colored pieces were so small that neither Peggy nor I could decide which it was – so I’m going with orange bell pepper since I don’t care for carrots. I’m also adding diced mushrooms, just ’cause I want to.

soup vegetalbes

I’m posting the recipe this morning but I may come back and tweak it after Peggy gets over here and tries it.

Get over here, girl!

If tweaking is done, I’ll put any additions or changes in red print… stay tuned.

Peggy never did make it over to try the soup, but my boys and I decided it was too thick. Add another can of coconut milk or vegetable broth to thin it out to your liking. I used more coconut milk and then needed to add more curry paste as well.  I’ve made those changes in the recipe below.

coconut curry soup

Coconut Curried Soup with Chickpeas

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely diced
1 orange bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely diced
1 poblano pepper, cored, seeded, and finely diced
2 large shallots, peeled and minced
1  small jalapeño chili pepper, seeded and minced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cans light coconut milk
1  1/2 to 2  1/2 tablespoons red curry paste, or more to taste
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey, to taste
1 large tomato, diced
1 cup diced crimini mushrooms
2 cups drained and rinsed chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans)
1/3 cup minced fresh Italian parsley, plus more for garnish
An additional can of light coconut milk or about 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth

diced vegetables

Heat a large saucepan or pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and swirl the pot to coat the bottom with the oil.

saute vegetables

Add the red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, poblano pepper, shallot, jalapeño, garlic, and ginger; sauté until vegetables are tender, about 5 to 6 minutes.

coconut milk and more

Season the vegetables with salt and pepper.

add milk and curry

Add the coconut milk and 1  1/2 tablespoons of the curry paste. Stir well to blend and bring to a low simmer, cooking for 5 minutes.

soy and agave

Add the soy sauce and agave nectar. Taste, adding more curry paste, if desired to spice it up.

add mushroom tomato

Stir in the tomato, mushrooms, and chickpeas; continue to simmer over medium-low heat for another 5  minutes. Taste again, adjusting seasonings to your liking.


Add in the minced parsley, and stir to combine. Thin with additional coconut milk or vegetable broth, to your liking. Taste again and add more curry paste, if needed.

Ladle into flat bowls, garnish with more parsley, and serve.

soup for BFF

Serves 4

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1 Peggy { 07.25.13 at 7:52 AM }

How about some Thai basil? I have a ton of it in my garden!!

2 Linda Hopkins { 07.25.13 at 8:15 AM }

Bring it over – we’ll add it and see! xoxo

3 Marissa { 07.25.13 at 9:29 AM }

You’re amazing.

4 Ruth { 07.26.13 at 8:09 AM }

I want to change my name to Peggy! 😉

5 Jamie { 08.24.14 at 10:30 AM }

Thank you so much! I always order this soup when I go there and am excited to try your homemade version!

6 Katie { 10.23.18 at 8:28 AM }

Our waiter said it had cilantro. So I’m curious if it was cilantro or parsley.

7 Linda Hopkins { 10.23.18 at 9:05 AM }

Hi Katie, It’s possible that they interchange the two, but 5 years ago when I did a copy-cat of this recipe, they were using parsley. Personally, I like cilantro more, so I’d happily go with that.

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