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11Jul/15

Jiffy chickpeas

Chickpeas easy(2)

A jiffy chickpeas recipe for quick lunch which you could take to work or have with pitta bread.

Ingredients

1 tin chickpeas, drained
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cumin powder
Good pinch chilli powder (optional, use sweet paprika if you don’t like it hot!)
A little salt to taste
Few curry leaves  (optional if you don’t have it but they do add a lovely flavour. It is easier to find these days, I have seen some in Tescos in the veg section and also Schwartz do one in a little bottle – well worth adding to your cupboard)

Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds
  2. When the seeds turn brown (1 minute), take off heat and add all the spices, tomatoes & curry leaves
  3. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low heat until tomatoes are softened
  4. Add chickpeas, cook for a further 3-4 minutes and serve
06Jul/15

Jiffy Fava Beans

Fava beans

If you’ve not tried Fava beans you’ve missed out big time!  I usually just buy Egyptian, Lebanese or Saudi style fava beans in tins as these are so quick and easy for lunch or as a side dish with some veg.  The other day it occurred to me that I had never actually tried buying plain fava beans in a tin and popping in some of my own flavours….this has now been remedied and here we are, fava beans in a jiffy and you can add whichever herb(s) you wish; thyme, marjoram, oregano, mint, parsley or coriander as I have in this recipe.

Goes well with the Maneesh (click here for the recipe) I also made the other day or cold with a green salad.

Maneesh(2)

Ingredients

1 tin of fava beans
1 medium onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons oil
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cumin powder
A little chopped fresh coriander
Lemon juice

Method

  1. Fry the onion and garlic in the oil until golden
  2. Add turmeric and cumin powder and on low heat give it a quick stir or two
  3. Drain the beans and add to the onion mixture
  4. On low heat, stir the beans to blend with the spices for 3-4 minutes
  5. Sprinkle some fresh coriander and lemon juice