Updated: Apr 26
Here is a wonderful and unusual recipe. The season for fresh chickpeas just got over, but I had enough for this recipe and the amazing Fresh chickpea kebabs (Hare chane ki seekh), one of the most viewed recipes on this site. At home we all loved the flavors of this dish, it truly surprised us. The earthy fresh chickpeas are glazed with the sweet-sour pomegranate molasses and accentuated by the herbs, the sweet pop of pomegranate seeds and the salt from the creamy feta cheese. If fresh chickpeas are impossible to find, available easily in most Indian stores in the US in the frozen section, you can substitute dried green chickpeas instead. I also use a creamy feta, French or Bulgarian style, rather than the crumbly kind as it adds a luxurious creaminess to the dish.
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2 tablespoons olive oil
2 -3 shallots, minced
1 carrot, finely diced, to the size of the chickpeas
1 celery rib, diced to the size of the chickpeas
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
Salt to taste
1 lb shelled fresh green chickpeas
1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup water or stock
1/4 cup fresh mint
Juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 lime
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
In a large flat pan heat the oil on a medium flame and sauté the shallots, carrots, and celery till soft but not browned. Add the pomegranate molasses and stir well. Add the chickpeas, thyme, stock and bay leaf and cook on a slow simmer till the chickpeas have cooked through but still have a firm bite, about 10 minutes. The liquid Should be thick enough to glaze and stick to the chickpeas. Cool.
When ready to serve, warm slightly and stir in the lemon or lime juice and mint leaves. Serve with the feta cheese crumbled and mixed in, however, if you have a very soft feta cheese, layer it as slabs on the top. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately.