Friday, 20 January 2012

Slada Hummus (Warm Chickpea Salad with Onions and Paprika)

I love chickpeas; May it be just plain boiled ones, in salads, soups or anything else. This is one simple salad recipe that I adapted from the Moroccan cook book which I borrowed from the library a while ago. It’s simple, easy, healthy and delicious! I loved the combination of flavours. In the book, it is said that chickpeas, beans and lentils are consumed daily in the rural areas of Morocco, particularly where the meat is scarce and expensive. They are cooked in stews, added to couscous and find their way to salads. This dish is particularly good served warm topped with crumbled goat’s cheese from the village.

Slada Hummus (Warm Chickpea Salad with Onions and Paprika)
Recipe adapted from: Flavours of Morocco by Ghillie Basan
Serves 4

1 cup dry chickpeas, soaked in plenty of cold water overnight
1 small red onion cut into half lengthwise, then in half crosswise and then sliced with grain
4 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2-3 teaspoon paprika
¼ cup olive oil
Freshly squeezed juice of a lemon
a Handful of parsley, chopped coarsely
125 g feta cheese crumbled (optional)
sea salt and freshly ground pepper – as needed
Bread to serve

1.Drain chickpeas, pressure cook them with salt for about 20 minutes or until the chick peas are tender but not mushy. If using a regular saucepan, pour boiling water over the chickpeas, cover and cook for around 40-50 minutes.

2. Drain the chickpeas and remove the loose skins by rubbing them in a clean tea tower or between fingers.

 3. Tip the warm chickpea into a bowl, add chopped onion, garlic, cumin, paprika, lemon juice and olive oil whilst the chickpeas are still warm making sure they are well coated. Toss well and season with salt and pepper and mix in herbs.
4. Crumble goats cheese if using and serve warm alongside any crusty bread.


Az said...

Lovely salad... love the presentation said...

Delicious and healthy.

Rookie Qookie said...

Love Chickpeas, esp with poori and roti's :)

Sravs said...

very inviting and wonderful salad !!

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Jhonny walker said...

Shab! long long see. But you continue to make fabulous dishes. So good. I am surely making it :) chickpeas are awesome :)

Umm Mymoonah said...

Healthy salad, looks beautiful.

Aarthi said...

I love this any time of the week..You are making me to have it now..


Fathima said...

Just shows that simple country recipes are always nutritious and good for you. Great recipe, definitely a keeper.

faseela said...

awesome salad....superb dear....lovely

Roshu said...

Lovely recipe dear!!!

divya said...

Wow! Looks fantastic! I am drooling all over it :)

Poornima Nair said...

This is one salad I would love to eat!! Looks sooo tempting!

Priya said...

Super tempting salad,looks absolutely divine and inviting..

Sadaf Afshan said...

I love chickpeas in any form - hummus, salads, curry,pulao,chaat. Your salad looks great, very healthy too.

Love and other Spices said...

Chickpeas and feta sounds an interesting combination.Two of my favorites, I know it'll be a treat for the taste buds.

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