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Spicy Chickpea Salad

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By Carmit Elkayam, Chef and Owner of Bari (Healthy)


● 1 tablespoon olive oil
● 2 cups cooked chickpeas (if there is no time to soak and cook, you can buy frozen chickpeas)
● 4 stalks of leeks, white part only, sliced into half circles
● 1 clove of crushed fresh garlic
● Thin strips of a whole lemon peel (without the white rind)
● 1/3 cup of goat milk yogurt
● 1 teaspoon curry
● 1/4 teaspoon salt
● 1 teaspoon hot water
● 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves (no stems), finely chopped
● 1 medium red onion, peeled and cut into small cubes
● 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

Optional: Serve with Druze pita


  1. Dry the chickpeas using paper towel and heat the olive oil in a pan
  2. Saute the chickpeas on medium heat, stir and wait until chickpeas turn brown
  3. Add the stalks of leek and fry, stirring, for 7-10 minutes, until chickpeas look somewhat crispy and the leek has softened
  4. Add the lemon zest and crushed garlic and remove from heat
  5. While the chickpeas are slightly cooled, prepare the yogurt sauce: mix the yogurt, curry powder and salt. If the sauce is thick (depending on the type of yogurt) you can add a tablespoon or two of warm water and mix again
  6. Transfer the chickpeas from the pan and mixing bowl and add half the cilantro, half of the red onion, and half the yogurt sauce. Mix. Add more sauce as necessary
  7. Place Druze pita on a plate, top with the chickpeas and yogurt, and add the remaining cilantro and onion. Sprinkle with pine nuts.

Mix together

BeTeavon and ENJOY!

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