Saturday, September 17, 2005

Chick Fest

Chickpea Satay (photo by Equalizer)

I must make a confession. I think at certain times, I become a narrow minded person, culinarily speaking. It happens when all I can think about is a single ingredient, or a single cuisine or both. I remember whe I was back in college, I had one of those episodes where all I can eat is pineapple. Not the fresh kind. No no, I wanted canned pineapples. Thats all what stock my fridge with. What was I thinking? This time all I think about is chicks. I want chicks so badly right now, I will pay for it! Yes you heard me right, what is wrong with enjoying one of the pleasures of life? Chicks, short for chickpeas or garbanzo or "nikhee" or whatever you want to call it is on my agenda for now, and I will attempt to go to extremes to use this amazing pulse!

Having been first cultivated in Turkey more that 7000 years ago, this pulse is no stranger to the Middle Eastern, Medditeranean, and Indian cuisines. Today 90% of the world's supply comes from India. No wonder it is used in various applications in the indian cuisines. The batter in which the famous Indian pakoras are made with, is actually garam flour or chickpea flour. This flour has found its way in various applications in other countries. In Kuwait it is used to make a delicious biscuit called ghraybah, mixed with sugar, butter, and cardamon powder. Chickpeas were also grown in some areas of Germany for use as a coffee substitute in the First World War.

Today, I started with a very simple yet extremely delicious dish. It is chickpeas cooked with a spicy satay sauce. Never use canned chickpeas, either you soak them overnight and cook them or buy them from the nearest "nikhee and bajila" (chickpea and broadbean) shop at the co-op. This can be served with arabic flat bread (pita bread), or toasted ciabatta bread. A bite into this flavorfull dish, will make you seriously consider turning into a vegetarian. Ok, there is no way I will be a vegetarian, but atleast I can endure a week or so being one.

Chickpea Satay

4 cups cooked chickpeas
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbs peanut butter
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 tbs ginger chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (corriander leaves)
3 tbs sesame oil
1 tsp crushed red chilli
1 tbs Nam Pla (thai fish sauce) *optional
1 tbs Thai chilli sauce
1 tbs sugar
Black Pepper


Heat oil in deep pad, add garlic and ginger, fry for 1 minute. Add peanut butter, coconut milk, chilli, nam pla and chilli sauce. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes. Add chickpeas, cilantro, black pepper and salt, stir and simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve with you choice of bread or crackers.

My other ideas for chicks:

  • Chickpea tagine with fresh figs and caramelized onion.
  • Chickpea with pumpkin, garlic, rosemary, all drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Chickpea stirfried with curry leaves, turmeric, mustard seeds, coriander, chilli and garlic.
Don't you just love chicks!!!


Blogger samboose said...

I was waiting for the culinary pun there!!! I knew it had to exist eventually;)

9/17/2005 07:35:00 AM  
Blogger La La said...

chicks rule

9/17/2005 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger Peach said...

Pineapple is good! Nikhee 3ad! lol well I'll say this much .. I like that little chick plate lol

hey what happened to Marzipan the guy?!!!

9/17/2005 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Rimyoleta said...

you know what?!..the 1st thing I do when i wake up is Log online..and then I ask the maid 4 some coffe..while reading Blogs..your Blog just makes me wanna eat the page up:P..too yummy:P..

9/17/2005 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Samboose: haha well, kept you reading right?

Janjoon: cheers to that!

Peach: comeon! you really have to taste it. Ok, it is boring if eaten plain. Marzipan will have to wait for the next post of the series.:p

Rimyoleta: hehe you know everyone tells me that, the question is are you executing any of the ideas / recipes? That is what really want to know :p

9/17/2005 02:26:00 PM  
Blogger Mama Fusla said...

In poor taste:

Are we gonna have an entry on Jail Food? It sounds relevant!

9/17/2005 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Mama: if this tastes like jail food to you, then I would be the next person to do a hit and run and but a ticket to jail!

9/17/2005 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger Mama Fusla said...

You missed what I meant!
I'm talking about the two Kuwaiti girls that are in Jail now. This is why I thought Jail Food would be a relavant topic! Once again, I did say it was in poor taste!

9/17/2005 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Mama: oh that!! hehe how would I know? Poor girls, do you think its ok to send them something like machboos? I don't know of it'll cheer them up or make them home sick :S

9/17/2005 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger ray said...

hmmm ... i have a similar set of plates :P

is it from "the one" ?

any ways, it looks amazing :), i'll try it as soon as i can

by the way, i was giving my mom a blog tour and she really liked your blog :P

9/17/2005 09:42:00 PM  
Blogger Blossom said...

Call me old fashioned , but I do like chickpeas...I like it with olive oil , back pepper, salt & Herbes de Provence :P

As for Satay , peanut butter and garlic !!! and don't you think 3 clove garlic are too many ?!

But I'm ready to give it a try ;)

9/17/2005 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Ray: I don't know where the set is from, but it certainly makes you eat more hehe. So your teaching your mom to blog? thats cool!

Blossom: Chiche avec Herbes de Provence et truffe noir et vinaigre et huile de noix, non?

Garlic is good, once cooked it mellows down. Instead of ginger add galangal. Also add lemongrass and keffir lime leaves. Fresh thai ingredients are found in Travel agencies building near KAC building.

9/18/2005 12:20:00 AM  
Blogger Blossom said...

Oui bien sure , c'est yummie ;)

Sorry for my French it's rusty, REALLY rusty .

And how come you speak French ? Je veaux know sil veux plaist!!

OMT, thanks for the tips & herbs rock !!!

9/18/2005 12:54:00 AM  
Blogger ray said...

:) i don't have to teach my mom

she already knows how to do every thing, but it's just not her style.. :P

khala9... i'll try this recipe tomorrow for dinner :)

9/18/2005 01:36:00 AM  
Blogger Jewaira said...

I love chickpeas but the thought of them in peanut butter makes me cringe. However, I would probably enjoy it very much if it were prepared for me ;)

9/18/2005 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Not_Without_My_Heels said...

Chicks are overrated.

9/18/2005 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

blossom: My French is limited to food only hehe I've been to som any French restaurants that I learned it all hehe. Actually I have the tendency to understand menus in the European languages.

Ray: if it goes wrong, don't tell her its my recipe :p

Jewaira: I know your type now, if I hadn't mentioned peanut butter and made you taste it, you would love it hehe. Ok, I'll prepare some for you ;)

Healy: I don't know about you, but I LOVE chicks :p

9/18/2005 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Rimyoleta said...

equalizer: well ummmmm NO:P.. that's Bcz I have a cook i don't do anything, i go like (today I want (-------)4 lunch) and the cook would Do it:p

9/18/2005 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger Not_Without_My_Heels said...

Equalizer, no I'm not really into chicks.. ruined that fantasy for you, didn't I ? *evil grin*

9/18/2005 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Rimyoleta: I beleive most of the people here have that option, but where is the fun in that? Plus you will not feel tha passion :p

Healy: Dammit! I was hoping that you are ;)

9/18/2005 07:15:00 PM  
Blogger Flamingoliya said...

nakhilla oo bijjy

what's coconut milk?

I feel so ignorant when I read your blog :(

I demand scientific posts please!

9/19/2005 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger Mama Fusla said...

Here is an excellent quote from my friend
"Be both a scientist and an artist as you learn to cook with spices & Herbs.."
I wonder if its hers or not!
Equal, check out my entry inspired by Chinese mid-autumn festival. Yup once again, I am copying you :P

9/19/2005 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger Sheba said...

Just a question.. Are you going to continue blogging like this in Ramadan? Need to know so that i do not come in before futoor!

I LOVE NIKHEEEE IN ALL ITS FORMS! & was craving that street Indian food(tiny poories stuffed with chicpees & covered with yogurt & tamarind sauce. Forgot its name. Oh I think its called bhail poories.

9/19/2005 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger Jewaira said...

Yes, definitely looking forward to visiting your blog during Ramadhan especially :)

9/19/2005 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Flamy: LOL. coconut milk? mmmm Well it is basically goat and sheep's milk mixed togteher!

Mama: Only you have a license to copy :p hehe and do it better than me LOL

Sheba: Yeah you gotta check back in Ramadan for the specials. As for the chickpea purie, I think you are right about the name, but in India the man serving it, dips it with his arm all the way to his elbo :S

Jewaira: I guess you have inside information ;)

9/20/2005 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger Not_Without_My_Heels said...

Equalizer, usually you're the first one to comment when I have a new post (or one of the first ones) so where have you been ?


9/20/2005 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger Flamingoliya said...

Equalizer, you're kidding me right? I can't believe I asked this question :p

Mama fusla
I tried and failed both :P
I think that quote is hers.

9/20/2005 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yummy ymmyyy u know what let's make a deal this weekend i'll cook for u my special crab dish and u do this for me plz :P

9/20/2005 09:20:00 PM  
Blogger Peach said...

lol poor Marzipan! he's waiting too long to get what he wants!

9/21/2005 01:16:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Healy: you know your a dangerous lady hehe :p

Flamy: did you google the term, its easier than asking me :p

Anonymous: does that mean that your not grounded anymore? :p

Peach: you like this marzipan guy dont you? hehe

9/21/2005 02:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first of all am not grounded baba bas i dont feel like goin out :) i quit my job and am staying at home relaxing ..

9/21/2005 05:15:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Anonymous: So I guess you're gonna cook the crab anytime soon :p

9/21/2005 08:03:00 PM  
Blogger nooras thoughts said...

I like your receipes esp the cheesecake and the ones for chickpeas. Carry on with the recipes.

9/22/2005 08:35:00 AM  
Blogger Peach said...

wrrruf ;)

10/06/2005 09:52:00 PM  

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