Chickpea Recipes

Popular throughout the Mediterranean and further east, chickpeas are a wonderful ingredient: add them to soups, stews or casseroles to bump up the protein and nutritional value of any dish, as well as providing plenty of fibre.

 
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Spiced Chick Pea CutletsServes 3

Spiced Chick Pea Cutlets

Vegetarians will love these chickpea cutlets - a cheap and easy meal that's quick to make once you've soaked the chickpeas and a good way of upping your intake of nutritious puses. Curry powder and cayenne pepper add plenty of spice.

 
 
Chicken and Chick PeasServes 4

Chicken and Chick Peas

Adding chick peas to this wintry chicken casserole allows you to feed four people very well for very little money without sacrificing flavour and nutritious value in the process.

 
 
Chick Pea SaladServes 4-6

Chick Pea Salad

Anchovies, capers, parsley and olives - plus garlicky mayo - give this bean salad plenty of punch. Chickpeas and haricots verts are a brilliant source of fibre and highly nutritious. Vegetarians could leave out the anchovies.

 
 
Spiced Lamb Curry with Chickpeas, Green Coconut Sambal and Tomato-and-Red-Onion PickleServes 6

Spiced Lamb Curry with Chickpeas, Green Coconut Sambal and Tomato-and-Red-Onion Pickle

Dry-roasting spices and grating fresh coconut means that this recipe is packed with freshness and flavour, making it ideal to serve to friends, especially as it can be made in advance then reheated.

 
 
Hummus Bi TahiniServes 6

Hummus Bi Tahini

If you want to make the proper authentic version of this you'll need to hunt out some tahini paste, which is available at supermarkets and health-food shops.

 
 
Chickpea, Chilli and Coriander Cakes with Marinated Red Onion SaladServes 6 as a starter or 4 as a main course

Chickpea, Chilli and Coriander Cakes with Marinated Red Onion Salad

These are served at Norwich City Football Club and are always enjoyed by vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. They can be made in advance, if entertaining, and are a brilliant way to incorporate healthy pulses in the diet.

 
 
Libyan Soup with CouscousServes 6

Libyan Soup with Couscous

Delia discovered this wonderful, hearty spicy soup in a charity cookbook. As she says, it really hits the spot on a cold day...

 
 
Chickpea, Chilli and Coriander SoupServes 6

Chickpea, Chilli and Coriander Soup

This has decidedly Mexican overtones. It isn't too hot and spicy but the presence of the chilli does give it a nice kick, and the flavour and texture of chickpeas is perfect for soup.

 
 
Moroccan Baked Chicken with Chickpeas and RiceServes 4

Moroccan Baked Chicken with Chickpeas and Rice

Chicken pieces simmered with chickpeas, peppers and olives in a saffron-flavoured rice with coriander and lemons – hope you like it.

 
 
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