A pie and a chicken traybake: Tamal Ray’s chickpea recipes

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Both these recipes usage 1 of my favourite pantry staples: chickpeas. In trying to devour much vegetarian meals, I’ve recovered them to beryllium 1 of the fewer ingredients that gives the aforesaid satisfying consciousness of fullness arsenic meat. I usually similar the sensation of dried chickpeas, particularly successful salads oregon hummus, but I’m seldom organised capable to retrieve to soak and navigator them up of time, truthful today’s recipes usage canned. With the affluent sauces that overgarment them, though, you’ll hardly announcement a difference.

Chickpea and tahini pastry (pictured top)

I’ve taken inspiration for this pastry from Honey & Co’s lamb siniya, an alternate to shepherd’s pastry with a filling of minced lamb and a distinctive topping of yoghurt and tahini. This mentation pairs that unsocial topping with a vegetarian filling of chickpeas, browned onions and spinach. If you’re struggling to find za’atar, usage a premix of thyme and oregano instead.

Prep 10 min
Cook 25 min
Serves 4-6

For the filling
4 tbsp olive oil
3 ail cloves, peeled and minced
2½ tsp crushed cumin
600g brownish onions
, peeled and sliced
1 tsp array salt
2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained (or 500g cooked chickpeas)
100g babe spinach
100g greek yoghurt
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp za’atar
½ tsp cayenne pepper

For the topping
50g full skin-on almonds
2 ample eggs
150g tahini
200g Greek yoghurt

½ tsp salt

Heat the oven to 200C (180C fan)/390F/gas 6, past toast the almonds connected a tray for six minutes, region and acceptable speech to cool.

Warm 2 tablespoons of the lipid successful a 25cm-wide cast-iron skillet oregon ovenproof pan, adhd the ail and cumin, and fry for 30 seconds, until aromatic. Add the onions and a spoon of brackish and cook, stirring regularly, implicit a precocious vigor for six to 8 minutes, until the onions person softened and started to brown.

Tip the chickpeas into a ample bowl, past crush them concisely with a murphy masher. Tear up the spinach, past disturbance it into the vessel with the yoghurt, citrus juice, za’atar, cayenne capsicum and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir the chickpea premix into the bulb skillet and property down with a spatula to level retired the surface.

Whisk the eggs, tahini, yoghurt and salt, determination each implicit the filling, past cook for 15 minutes, until browned astatine the edges. Just earlier serving, astir chop the roast almonds and scatter implicit the top.

Chicken thighs, chickpeas and harissa

Tamal Ray’s chicken, chickpea and harissa traybake.
Tamal Ray’s chicken, chickpea and harissa traybake.

Roasting tin recipes marque cleanable midweek meals – a fewer minutes of prep, past 25 oregon truthful minutes successful the oven portion you unwind. The condiment for this 1 is peculiarly moreish, with the juices from the chickenhearted melding into the tomatoes and harissa. You’ll request immoderate bully breadstuff to mop it each up.

Prep 5 min
Cook 25 min
Serves 4-6

2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
100g harissa
(I usage Belazu roseate harissa)
1 tbsp brownish sugar
¾ tsp array salt
, positive other for the chicken
3 tsp crushed cinnamon
Juice of 1 lemon

1 clump outpouring onions, trimmed and sliced
3 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained (750g)
25 prunes (about 175g), halved
6 skin-on chickenhearted thighs (about 1kg)
Olive oil, to glaze

Heat the oven to 220C (200C fan)/425F/gas 7. In a bowl, disturbance the chopped tomatoes, harissa, sugar, salt, cinnamon, citrus foodstuff and outpouring onions. Scatter the chickpeas into a ample roasting dish, followed by the prunes and the herb mixture.

Lay the chickenhearted thighs connected top, past brushwood each 1 with a small olive lipid and a dusting of salt. Roast for 25 minutes, until the chickenhearted is browned connected top, and service consecutive from the roasting dish.