Wheat Berry Chicken and Chick-Pea Soup

March 20, 2012

The following ingredients would be used when preparing a syrian recipe:

1 cup whole wheat berries, Peeled soaked overnight

½ cup chick-peas soaked, Dried overnight

2½ lb whole chicken

2 small beef marrow bones with marrow removed

9 cup water

¼ teaspoon turmeric

¾ lb onion(s), quartered (2 large  onions,)

1 large garlic clove(s)

2 small turnips, peeled and halved

2 stalks celery with leaves

2 small carrots

6 sprigs parsley

½ teaspoon black peppercorns

1 salt to Taste

1 Tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon syrian mixed spices or ground all spice

Drain the wheat berries and chick-peas and set aside. To  a large, 7-qt. Dutch oven, add the chicken, marrow bones and  water. Bring to a boil, skim the surface, then lower the heat and add the  turmeric, onions, garlic and turnips. Tie the celery, carrots, parsley  and peppercorns in a cheesecloth sack for easy removal and  tuck into the pot. Simmer, covered, for 1 hours.

Lift out the chicken, marrow bones and bundle of vegetables. Set the chicken aside to cool and discard the bones and the bag  of vegetables. Pure the soup and the remaining vegetables in a food processor in batches, returning each batch to the pot. Bring to a boil again, add the soaked chick-peas and wheat berries, lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 45-60 minutes or until the grain and chick-peas are tender.

Meanwhile, when the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and the bones and discard them. Tear the chicken meat into large pieces and add to the pot. Add salt. In a small skillet, melt the butter and stir in the Syrian Mixed Spices. Dribble over the soup before serving right from the pot. The spices will float on top, dotting the surface in a polka-dot design. Ladle into soup bowls while the soup is still piping hot.

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