Chickpeas and garlic greens

by Sunita on June 25, 2009

After moaning about the lack of sunshine in summer, the sun god is out in full force has been casting its bright rays on us for the last few days. It’s actually quite hot out there. We’ve been enjoying unbroken sunshine and it is a sheer joy to see the clear blue skies.

A few days ago, we had a simple dinner of chickpeas curry and rice. I had some of the soaked and sprouted chickpeas leftover. It was just enough to make a simple salad, side dish or snack. I snipped some garlic greens from our tiny vegetable patch,

and got down to business.

What’s needed-

2 and 1/2 C of sprouted chickpeas ( or plain soaked ones) , boiled and drained completely
1 tsp olive oil
1 tblsp roasted and roughly ground cumin ( cumin powder doe not give the same earthiness )
a small bunch of garlic greens, chopped
1/2 tsp of crushed red chillies ( more or less)
1tblsp sundried tomato paste
a tiny pinch of turmeric powder
salt to taste

How to-

  1. Heat the oil in a pan.
  2. Add all the ingredients ( save a little of the garlic greens for garnishing) and stir fry over medium to high heat for 3-4 minutes. The chickpeas should be coated with the rest of the ingredients and most of the moisture should have evaporated.
  3. Remove from heat, garnish with the reserved garlic greens and serve.

Next time, I am going to add some chopped vegetables ( carrots, bell peppers etc.) If you do not have garlic greens, add some chopped coriander . Of course, the taste will slightly differ, but it should not be unpleasant.

We had ours with some fresh salad. We also added some feta cheese cubes to make it more filling.

Not bad for something dished up in such a short time !

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Priya June 25, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Sunita, this would be perfect for the Sunday Snack event I am hosting this month :)
I found some garlic scapes at the store this week and have been using it in all sorts of dishes. I like the mild garlicy flavor without all the pungency in them. Have some garlic pods getting ready to sprout tiny leaves right now.

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2 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Yes, I like the flavour too. Will try to send it to you for your event :-)

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3 Parita June 25, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Wow thats delicious chickpea dish, love the sundried tomato flavor in it!

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4 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Thanks Parita :-)

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5 prathibha June 25, 2009 at 2:11 pm

wow that looks gorgeous..It would be complete aromatic right??
nice clicks too..

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6 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Thanks Pratibha…yes, it had a mild flavour..not as pungent as the garlic pods.

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7 Soma June 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I am adding sundried tomatoes next time.. :-) probably weekend lunch. & i just did some marinated feta :-) .. but no one other than me eats feta in my house!.. will just do it for my serving.

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8 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Please do!! Hope you like it :-)

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9 Poornima June 25, 2009 at 3:14 pm

That looks delicious, esp with the cheese….love the flavors you have added.

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10 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Thanks Poornima :-)

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11 Rosa June 25, 2009 at 3:56 pm

A marvelous dinner! Just the kind of meal I could eat on a weekly basis! Yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

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12 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Thanks Rosa…have a great weekend :-)

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13 Kay June 25, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Wow! What a new way to make chickpeas! Will try it soon,Sunita! It looks gorgeous! I could eat it all day!

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14 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Thanks kay…do give it a try :-)

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15 superchef June 25, 2009 at 10:25 pm

this is just fantastic…garlic greens and chickpeas! i can imagine how tasty this was!

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16 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Thank you…we did like it indeed :-)

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17 pavithra June 25, 2009 at 10:47 pm

wow looking lovely and gr8 clicks.. if u leave me i will finish the whole bowl.

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18 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm
19 sushma June 26, 2009 at 4:23 am

This looks perfect for snacks..yummee :)

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20 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Thanks Sushma :-)

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21 Sharmila June 26, 2009 at 10:54 am

Love those chilli flakes on the feta cheese. I love quick dishes as this. Just wondering if I can use chopped garlic as I won’t get the leaves here … will the taste differ too much?

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22 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Thanks Sharmila.Of course you can use garlic pods…it will make the dish more pungent, but I wouldn’t mind it at all :-)

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23 Alka June 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I simply love the flavor of fresh garlic leaves..whenever i grab some bunches, i add these to almost everything that could be possibly paired with these aromatic leaves
Chickpeas with fresh greens looks divine…wish i can bite on these rt now :-)

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24 Sunita June 26, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Alka, they are flavourful, aren’t they? I’ve been adding them everywhere too :-)

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25 Michelle October 25, 2009 at 5:59 pm

OH MY…we love chickpeas and we love garlic! Fabulous combination!

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26 Chitra October 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Wow love your site. Sundried tomato is such a nice idea for a chickpea dish. This looks amazing and also love the different variation ideas you give. Feta and chickpeas yum!

/Chitra/

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27 Olga October 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm

LOVE chickpeas. What a pretty dish: and I really like the addition of sundried tomatoes and feta.

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28 Sunita October 31, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Thanks Olga, glad you like it :-)

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29 tasteofbeirut October 29, 2009 at 11:08 pm

What a great recipe! Being lebanese, I love chick peas in all forms and I appreciate so much a new twist on how to cook them in a tasteful way.

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30 Sunita October 31, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Thanks; we love chickpeas too :-)

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31 Mythreyi November 15, 2009 at 12:06 am

Protein packed and aromatic salad, nice click!

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32 Sunita February 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm

thanks Mythreyi :-)

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33 Fazela January 30, 2010 at 2:07 am

I tried this. Turned out great!!

Thanks Sunita.

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34 Sunita February 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Glad you liked it :-)

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