I absolutely love chickpeas and trying new ways of serving them. Usually I go for the tinned variety as that is the most convenient option, but lately I’ve been buying dried chickpeas, cooking them in large batches and freezing them to use for hummus and dishes like this one. It’s not too much of a faff if you do a big batch each time, and works out to be more cost effective. Chickpeas have a rather earthy flavour with a touch of nuttiness, and I love cooking them with lots of spices, particularly cumin and chilli. These spicy and herby chickpeas can be served as a simple side dish or lunch alongside a salad.
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Enjoy the recipe!
HERBY CHICKPEAS WITH YOGHURT
For the chickpeas:
- 15ml (1 tbsp) butter
- 10ml (2 tsp) olive oil
- 400g chickpeas (cooked from dried, or canned)
- 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
- ½ red pepper, cut into small pieces
- 2.5ml (½ tsp) chilli flakes
- 2.5ml (½ tsp) cumin
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 30g spinach (about a handful), shredded
- salt and pepper
- 5ml (1 tsp) lime juice
- 5g parsley, chopped
- 5g coriander, chopped
For the topping:
- 100ml plain yoghurt
- 5ml (1 tsp) olive oil
- salt and pepper
1.) Heat the butter and olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the chickpeas to the pan and fry for a few minutes until the skins start turning golden.
2.) Add the spring onions, red pepper, chilli flakes, cumin, garlic, spinach and seasoning. Sauté for 2 minutes to warm through. Add the lime juice and half of the parsley and coriander, then remove from the heat. Check the seasoning.
3.) To make the topping combine the yoghurt, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Top with the remaining herbs and serve with the chickpeas.