Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Pan-Fried Chickpeas with Caramelized Onions

Chickpeas are one of my favorite foods to prepare simple dishes with, I don't like adding lots of ingredients to chickpea-based dishes because garbanzo beans are very nutritious and filling by themselves. They always make for a yummy, healthy snack. If you find soaking chickpeas too complicated or if you want this dish immediately, you can always use canned chickpeas, but I prefer to prepare them by myself. It takes no more than 2 minutes to cover them with water in the evening. And it definitely doesn't take much time to cook them. I mean, you just bring them to boil, leave for 1- 1.5 hours to simmer over medium-low heat and in the meantime, do whatever you like. I often pan-fry chickpeas only with spices (paprika, cumin, garlic are my favorite) but this time I made things more complicated. I caramelized some onions. Because you can never go wrong with caramelized onions!! Fact. So, there's nothing too complicated and nothing too fancy in this recipe, but it might become your favorite light and healthy vegetarian dinner when you don't have time or mood to make lasagna!

Pan-Fried Chickpeas with Caramelized Onions

240g (1 cup) cooked chickpeas, very well drained
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chili paprika

1) In a saucepan, heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add onion and cook, over medium heat, until soft and translucent. When they start browning, stir with a wooden spoon and cook for another 10-15 minutes until caramelized, stirring occasionally. Add more oil if needed. Be careful not to burn them.

2) Add garlic, salt, smoked paprika and chili paprika. Stir to combine. Add chickpeas and stir-fry for 2-4 minutes.

Serves 1.

Recipe by collecting memories


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