I avoid canned foods with one exception: chickpeas. In fact, I recommend to always have canned chickpeas at home. In no time, they can be made into something extraordinary, like hummus or this cumin-scented chickpea soup.
The spices used in this soup, are equally beneficial for health. Cumin is known for improving digestion, strengthening the immune system, helping with insomnia and helping a healthy metabolism.
Turmeric is said to be a natural pain reliever that also helps keeping flu at bay. It has cholesterol-reducing proerperties and helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
In a medium-sized pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and fry until onions are translucent. Add cumin and turmeric and fry for another minute. Add the chickpeas and vegetable stock. Bring to boil, then simmer covered for 10 minutes. Let cool a little before blending the soup until smooth. To get the right consistency, add more vegetable stock to thin the soup, or simmer another few minutes to thicken. Stir in sour cream or yogurt. Ready to serve.