Greetings all, and happy Friday or جمعة مباركة (blessed Friday) as we say in this part of the world.
I know I promised another tomato-tastic recipe, but it will simply have to wait.
Other pressing matters are at hand.
I’m happy to report that during my brief stay at home, I’ve managed to consume an inordinate amount of Hummus – even for me. So much so that I actually made a visit to a Lebanese restaurant last night without ordering any.
I know, I know, who am I. But before you go judging me, may I note that I did order Balila – a dish of whole chickpeas dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and cumin. It was simple but delicious. So when hunger pangs struck in time for lunch today, I took to the kitchen with every intention to re-create it.
But intentions, as we know, can change.
Cumin Chickpea Scramble
- 1 cup of cooked chickpeas (or one small can)
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Pinch of sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1 medium tomato – diced or roughly chopped
- 1/2 a medium red onion, finely diced or sliced
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1/2 a clove of garlic, minced (optional)
- Add chickpeas to a pan on low heat with some reserve water and start to mash using a fork. You want to cook these exactly as you would ful mudammas. For texture, leave a few chickpeas un-mashed or partially mashed.
- Add the lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Stir and cook until heated through – don’t be afraid to add a little more water if it starts to dry up.
- Once heated, remove from heat and add the tomatoes, onions and garlic. Stir in tahini then drizzle olive oil on top and serve hot.
Inspired by it’s uncanny resemblance to scrambled eggs, I had mine on wholewheat toast.
This dish is part ful mudammas, part deconstructed hummus and completely delicious.
Proof? I devoured mine only an hour ago.
And even though it is a Friday (the equivalent of a Saturday in the Western world), that’s still some pretty quick blogging.
What can I say, I just couldn’t help myself.
Some things are just worth sharing