Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Smashed Spiced Chickpeas

From The Return of the Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph, 2000.

I was browsing through The Return of the Naked Chef when I came across a recipe for smashed spiced chickpeas. Realising that I already had all the ingredients at hand in the pantry and feeling in the mood for snacky food I got to work on making it straightaway.

It was quick and easy. A can of chickpeas was smashed, not so much that it turned into a paste but enough to have some lumps left in it. Then in a mortar and pestle I pounded some cumin seeds, some dried red chillies and a clove of garlic. Some lemon juice was added and some seasoning, then olive oil so that it became more of a loose mixture. This was added to the chickpeas and it was ready to eat.

Some tortillas were cut into rough triangles and heated in a frying pan until they had browned a little on each side.

The chickpea smash didn’t quite work as a dip but by using a small knife and piling it onto the tortilla pieces you got an irresistible snack. It all went in the one sitting—proof enough of how good it was.

Taste: ✔✔✔✔ 
Ease of cooking: ✔✔✔✔

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