Sunday, March 29, 2009

Chickpea & Pomegranate Dip

Chickpea & Pomegranate Dip
From Small Bites

Makes about 1 cup
Prep time: 15 minutes

2 cans (14oz/400g) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cumin seeds, (I like to toast them first and slightly bash them in a mortar & pestle – that would be any heavy object in a bowl if you don’t have a real one)
1 small red onion, finely chopped
3 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
3 tbsp fresh cilantro/coriander leaves, finely chopped
2 red chili peppers, deseeded & finely chopped (I used 1 Jalapeno pepper, but here’s where you add the amount and type of heat you want)
5 oz/150g feta cheese, crumbled
2+ tbsp pomegranate molasses/syrup

Pita chips (there is a recipe in the book as well –p217, but I just used some multigrain tortilla chips)

1. Place chickpeas/garbanzo beans, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt in a food processor and pulse just until coarsely crushed. Taste to see if you need more garlic or lemon juice.

2. In a small bowl, combine the cilantro, mint & chopped peppers and set aside.

Two ways to serve:
1. Individual bites on a platter: place pita chips or multigrain tortilla chips and top with a spoonful of chickpea mixture. Sprinkle with a little toasted cumin seeds, onion, herb & pepper mix, top with crumbled feta and then drizzle with some pomegranate syrup.

2. Bowl of dip surrounded by chips: Take a large platter and place a bowl of chickpea mixture in the center surrounded by chips (pita, tortilla or whatever you favor). Top as above, adding more “toppings” as needed.

1 comment:

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Very interesting recipe Ruth! Mentioned it in my pomegranate post today :)