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Star Anise and Date Masala Spiced Chickpeas

 
Star Anise and Date Masala Spiced Chickpeas
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An Indian inspired recipe is full of flavor, a great side dish with some grilled meat.

Yield

6

servings

Prep

15

min

Cook

10

min

Ready

28

min

Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, High Fiber
 

Ingredients

cup canola oil
or other vegetable oil
1 medium spanish onions
peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic
peeled and minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
45 ounces chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
3 cans, or 1½ cups dried chickpeas, soaked
2 each cardamom pods
up to three
*
9 each dates
dried, pitted and chopped
*
4 teaspoons cumin
ground
1 ½ teaspoons salt
or to taste
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
or to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper
freshly ground, or to taste
2 whole star anise
or 1/3 teaspoon ground
*
2 tablespoons cilantro
freshly minced
*

Directions

Drain the chickpeas and set aside in a nonreactive bowl.

With a knife, lightly crack the cardamom pods.

Peel the shell to release the seeds and collect them in a small bowl.

Discard the shells.

With a rolling pin or a mortar and pestle, crush the seeds (you can leave them whole if you don’t mind biting into them) and set aside.

In a medium pot set over medium-high heat, heat the oil until it begins to shimmer.

Stir in the onions and sauté for about 9 minutes, until they have softened and started to brown.

Add the garlic and sauté for a minute or so, until it has softened.

Reduce heat to medium and stir in the tomato paste.

Add the cardamom and all remaining ingredients and sauté for 2 or 3 minutes.

Stir in the chickpeas and a bit water, enough to make them less than dry.

Heat the mixture, stirring occasionally to incorporate the flavors, stir in the cilantro and keep warm until serving.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

Reviews

about 5 years

A very tasty side dish. Never thought about putting star, anise, date and masala with chickpeas, but this recipe certainly proves that they are absolutely delicious together.

Love the combination of the spices that really gave the chickpeas tons of yummy flaovors. I ate it directly with some homemade crispy sesame crackers, so good. Or it can be served as a side dish along with BBQ or any Indian foods.

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Comments


, United States
 about 2 years ago

Cardamon pods? How many?

Use two or three pods, and that should be plenty. Thanks for the comment, just updated the recipe. Happy Cooking :-)

happyzhangbo
Toronto , Ontario, Canada
 about 2 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 313g (11.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 41833% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1278mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 20%
Dietary Fiber 11g 45%
Sugars g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 12% Iron 25%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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