Saturday, July 28, 2007
Roasted Chickpeas with Cherry Couscous and Cucumber-Lime Raita
Nina Roux sent me this kick-ass cookbook for my birthday,The Flexitarian Table. The raita and chickpeas are the first things I have made from it, and they are both to be repeated soon. This is probably the best way I have ever eaten chickpeas - they are very nutty tasting. And the onions get nice and sweet during the roasting. I ended up altering the recipes a bit. For one thing, I didn't have some of the ingredients called for in the book (for example, I only had ground cumin - no cumin seeds.) I also have a very difficult time following recipes when I am cooking (baking is a different story), so there were no measuring spoons out when I made these.
Cucumber Lime Raita
- cucumber, seeded, peeled, and chopped
- dash of olive oil
- lime juice
- Greek yogurt (I had fat-free Greek yogurt, and honestly couldn't tell)
- black pepper
Combine all of the above ingredients, seasoning to taste.
- couscous (I used Israeli-style)
- dried tart cherries
Cook couscous according to package instructions, but add cherries, salt, and butter to the water before it comes to a boil.
- 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- 2 bay leaves, broken in half
- sweet paprika
- cayenne pepper
- fresh flat leaf parsley
Oven to 400 degrees. In an oven-proof skillet, place chickpeas, onion, oil, lemon juice, bay leaves, cumin, turmeric, paprika, cayenne, and a dash of salt. Stir over medium heat until sizzling, then transfer to oven for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice.