Samstag, 2. Juli 2011

easy middle eastern chard and chickpeas

I kind of just threw this together and was delighted by the result.

olive oil
chopped onion
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp coriander powder
roughly chopped chard with stems
1/2 to 1 can chickpeas, drained
some chopped dried apricots, raisins or barberies (not chopped, obviously)
chopped (dry-roasted) pistachios (these really add a special dimension)
some half-fat creme fraiche or plain yoghurt
salt, pepper

Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the onion along with the cumin until the cumin browns and the onion softens. Add the coriander powder, then throw in the chard. Stir, cover and allow to cook in its own juice until done. You can add a little water or stock if necessary. When almost done, Stir in chickpeas and dried fruit. Allow to heat through, then stir in creme fraiche or yoghurt and salt and pepper. Heat gently but do not boil. Serve with couscous or bulghur and garnished with the pistachios.

Last night, we had Spaghetti with Pesto with some broad beans thrown in. Very easy, very good.

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