Four Clan Kitchen

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Chick Peas and Chard

Posted by fourclankitchen on October 4, 2010

Fried chick peas have taken off as a concept in the blogosphere.   I am seeing some recipes out there where a little extra oil is used so that the chick peas are nearly fried and have that satisfying crunch that comes with frying.  I have added chard to the dish and have combined Indian and Irani spices to get a quick weeknight meal.

1 can of chick peas (use the kind that have been cooked in salt- they taste better)

5 leaves of chard, leaves and stems chopped coarsely (substitute with spinach or kale if that is what you have on hand)

3 tbs. oil

½ tsp cumin seeds

¼ tsp turmeric powder

¼ tsp coriander powder (optional)

½-1 tsp sumac powder

lime/lemon juice to taste

Salt to taste

Heat 1 tbs. oil in a thin walled cast iron wok, until hot. Add cumin seeds and chopped pepper to the oil and allow to sputter and turn fragrant. .  Add the chard, then add the turmeric, cumin and coriander powder .  Rapidly stir fry at high heat:  5-7 min till the chard  softens, but is still crunchy (think Chinese stirfry).  Remove the contents of the wok to a large bowl and add the remaining oil to the wok.  Let the oil smoke, then add the chick peas and stir fry at high heat about 5 min.  Return the chard etc to the wok and quickly stir fry for 1-2 min more.  Taste and adjust the salt. Add a squeeze of lemon and the sumac.  Mix and serve with any flatbread (naan, tortilla etc) and maybe a raita (this website has a recipe).

Optional.:  If you have time, you can add ½ onion, ¼ tsp ginger, grated and 2 cloves garlic to this dish before you add the chard. Saute for 5 min, then add chard.  Omit  if you are busy or feeling lazy (what I did).


3 Responses to “Chick Peas and Chard”

  1. This dish looks delicious! Thank you for bringing something healthy into my baking life! 🙂

    • Its always nice to have you visit and leave such nice comments. I have been eyeing your delicious looking muffins as well. I have some cousins visiting this weekend, I may have to do those.

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