OOPs I did it again! In the carefully selected words of Imi’s favourite Britney Spear”s number.
I can just about write one blog but managing to write two is almost beyond me. I decided to set one up for our wedding guests and have, for the second time, managed to post some completely irrelevant information to hundreds of food followers and chickpea enthusiasts- Sorry if you’re bewildered – I’ve taken it down now and you have a very quick post in it’s place!
So it’s not all bad since I’m going to reward you with one of my favourite recipes from Pulse (Oh and what a fine excuse to mention my book once more)
Southern Indian Chickpeas and Coconut
There are so many amazing Indian snacks made with pulses to choose from, it was the pure simplicity of these chickpeas that caught my eye. Then, once eaten never forgotten, they make a great little nibble to serve before a curry.
This snack is traditionally served outside the temples of Southern India during the Hindu festival of Navratri. Nowadays it’s tricky tracking down whole coconuts in Britain but you’ll certainly know what to do next time you score on the coconut shy at the local fête. I’ve used desicated coconut but if you do find a fresh one in an ethnic store it is oh so much tastier.
1 tsp vegetable oil such as rapeseed, sunflower, ground nut or coconut oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 green chilli, very finely diced
1 tsp fresh ginger, very finely chopped
5 curry leaves (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp urad dal or very unorthodox red lentils (optional)
250 g home-cooked or 1 x 400g tin, drained and rinsed chickpeas
4 tbsp freshly grated coconut or 2 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut
A handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
Take a large frying pan and heat up the oil, add the mustard seeds and wait until they begin to splutter and pop about.
Now throw in the chilli, ginger, garlic, curry leaves, salt and raw dal (or lentils) if using.
Wait for the aromas to burst out of the pan and the dal/lentils to begin crisping up and then stir in the chickpeas.
Remove from the heat and stir well, add the grated coconut and dive in.
Scrumptious warm or cold.