Monday, January 25, 2010

chickpea stir fry with spinach and garam masala

Chickpeas are fantastic little legumes that are super high in protein and have more calcium than yogurt. Amazing. And they're so cheap. Of course it's preferable to buy your own dried chickpeas, soak them overnite and then cook for one to two hours, but really, canned is just so much faster/easier. I made a simple stir-fry with them. Just adding spinach and a garam masala mixture that the family I work for brought back from India recently. Garam masala is a combination of black/white peppercorns, nutmeg, cloves, bay leaf, star anise and coriander seeds. I'm not sure of this exact mixture, but it's pretty potent. Not spicy, but just full of strong strong spice. So lovely.

chickpea stir fry with spinach and garam masala
1 can of chickpeas
about two cups of spinach
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt

Heat up saute pan over medium heat. Add olive oil. Then chickpeas and garam masala. Saute for about five minutes or until chickpeas look a bit brown. Throw in spinach and let wilt just a little (you really only want it to get coated in some olive oil and spice). Done. Serve it up with a side of rice or whatever grain you wanna mix it with. I just had it by itself. It would also be super good stuffed in a pita. Like a healthier variation of a falafel.

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