Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cooking locally - chickpeas, rice and chicken



I believe that you have experienced one simple thing - when you go on holiday you taste wonderful dishes which are pretty simple so you decide to go back home and try to cook the very same dish, but even if it's tasty, it's still different. So many chefs do speak about cooking seasonally and locally, and they really make a point. So after cooking some Asian and Mexican dishes during the last week, today I decided to take local ingredients and to make a dish out of this. I didn't use any particular recipe as it is very simple, but has all the flavours that Turkey and Mediterranean region has to provide. Give it a go!!!

What we need:

200 gr of boiled chickpeas
1 onion
4 big ripe tomatoes
1 tbsp of tomato paste
100 ml of water
salt and pepper
dried or fresh thyme, basil, parsley
2 cloves of garlic

2 chicken breasts
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes or chilli pepper
olive oil
150 gr of rice

What we have to do:

1. Put a pan on a heat and add some olive oil. Put chopped onion. Fry until it gets soft,then add grated tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until reduced. Then add boiled chickpeas, garlic, tomato paste and water, thyme, basil, chopped parsley. Simmer for a few minutes and take it off the heat.
2. Put some olive oil in a pot, let it heat up and add washed rice. Let it fry for 2-3 minutes, add water ( 1:1.5) and a bit of salt. Stir it well and cook for about 10 minutes. Then turn the heat off, stir the rice and cover the pot with a lid. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
3. While rice is cooking, season chicken breast with salt and pepper, red pepper flakes and put in a hot pan with some oil. Fry for 4-5 minutes on both sides. Let it rest before slicing.
4. In a serving dish put some rice and chickpea stew, place sliced chicken breast on the top. You can also serve it with fresh vegetable salad. For vegetarian version, just skip the chicken.

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2 comments:

  1. What an interesting dish Jolita. You have presented it beautifully.

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  2. Looks wonderful and I do love chick peas!

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