what else can I make with chickpeas?
- melon Oct 31, 2005 07:27 PM
all I ever want to eat these days are chickpeas!
I usually make
some variation of greens (kale, broccoli rabe), chickpeas, garlic and pasta
chickpea-feta-kalamata-tomato something-or other
does anyone have any great new chickpea ideas? I'm fresh out. thanks in advance.
ps I'm not a vegetarian.
You can take that same approach with pasta instead of couscous. I love them with tomatoes and onion and some mixed meats - chicken, sausage, whatever.
You can also grind them up and make felafels - I don't have a recipe handy, but it'd have to be better than making them from that dried mix. Lord, I do love a felafel sandwich!
a chick pea, canned tuna, diced red onion & diced julienned carrots salad,with lemon dressing is yummy
curried chickpeas with spinach
If you're feeling adventurous, why not buy some garbanzo (chickpea) flour, and try making farinata/socca? It's like polenta, only with chickpeas.
I'm afraid I don't have a tried and true recipe; this is just something I've been considering making myself.
I read once on this board that someone makes their own flour by sticking dried chickpeas in a blender, and then sifts the resulting mix of pulverized and fragments of chickpea. The powder was used as chickpea flour, and the bigger bits were used like grits or coarse polenta.
An interesting idea, even if the poster said blitzing dried chickpeas sounded like ballbearings in a blender. I still remember that description and wince...
Before you load chickpeas into your blender, I would recommend buying chickpea flour in Indian shops as "besan". Sometimes it is also labeled as "Bengal gram flour".
You can use besan to make very tasty Indian and Persian sweets. Basic idea is toasted chickpea flour, melted butter and sweetning.
it goes well in soups. the other day i made caldo tlalpeno, from epicurious, and the chickpeas in the soup was a great addition. this recipe is very good, especially if you like spicy foods. the fist time i made this soup i misread the directions somehow and accidentally used 2 cans instead of two chipotle peppers and it was inedible, way too much heat. now i use 4 peppers (with the seeds) and that's about right if you like a little heat.