A healthy chickpea recipe inspired by Lebanese cooking. Tahini, garlic and fresh lemon juice round out the flavors. A fast and easy vegan or vegetarian main dish, mezze or a hearty side.
While listening to Yotam Ottolenghi describe Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine on one of my favorite food podcasts, I got lost on the food concept of simple. Everything he described related to cooking was simple. Techniques and ingredients were basic, the perfect cuisine for new and seasoned home cooks alike. Anyone wanting to discover a new cuisine will find a familiar comfort in learning Middle Eastern cuisine.
This recipe was inspired by a YouTube video on Lebanese cooking. The cook was making several types of Ful recipes with native beans and chickpeas. The simple, fresh and healthy ingredients sparked joy in that mezze bowl.
I took the easy way and used canned chickpeas but you certainly could use home cooked dried chickpeas. I had fresh, homemade tahini in the fridge so I did use homemade tahini. Have you ever made your own? It whips up in just a few minutes in a blender with some oil and salt. The nuttiness was more spectacular than the store-bought kind. If you haven’t tried making your own, go for it. Find some sesame seeds in bulk and make it a great day. If you don’t have a bulk aisle in your market, try an Asian market. They sell it in big containers.
Have you discovered Middle Eastern cooking yet? Ful Medames is a great introduction to this healthy cuisine. Make your own hummus and take a satisfying vegetarian dish to work. Make an easy veggie turnover called Fatayer as a grab and go lunch or a fun appetizer. What are your favorite Middle Eastern Recipes?
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Sunday 28th of April 2019
I didn't realize making tahini was so easy. I'm going to make some, I love the nuttiness of fresh tahini and I don't have much luck finding the good jarred variety. I think making my own is the answer. This Lebanese chickpea recipe is great. I love clean, easy recipes that are healthy too. Thanks for this.