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Griddled courgettes, spicy chickpeas

Urvesh Parvais

A light but flavour-packed vegan summer dish from the man behind Gujarati Rasoi

Recipe Meta

Prep

20 mins (plus 6 hours soaking)

Cook

15 mins

Serves

4-6

Difficulty

Medium

Ingredients

For the chickpeas

  • 250g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 x 2cm lengths of cinnamon
  • 2 bird’s eye chillies, sliced lengthways from stalk to tip
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • 3cm fresh turmeric, very finely sliced

For the courgettes

  • 4 large courgettes of different colours, sliced lengthways into 4-5mm slices
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp golden raisins
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • A handful of micro mustard shoots

Method

Rinse the chickpeas and soak for 6 hours in enough water to allow for them to double in size. Rinse once, cover with lightly salted water, then boil for 1-1½ hours, until soft enough to squeeze between your thumb and index finger – do allow them to overcook and become a mush. Drain and spread them out on a clean cloth to dry for 15 mins or so.

Place the sunflower oil into a large pan, over a medium heat. Add the cinnamon, then once you see little bubbles starting to appear around the bark, add the sliced chilli and curry leaves (these may splutter as they go in the pan, so move away quickly or have a lid ready as a shield). Once the chilli skin has turned white, remove the chillies and the curry leaves and reserve for later.

Add the cumin seeds, allow them to sizzle for 10-15 seconds, then add the onions and half the turmeric. Give it a stir, then add the chickpeas. Cook for about 8-10 mins on a medium heat, moving the mixture gently.

Add ½ tsp salt and the rest of the turmeric, taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Remove from the pan and set aside.

To make the courgettes, dry roast the cumin seeds, then grind in a pestle with the cloves. Add this ground spice to the olive oil, then use a pastry brush to anoint the courgette slices on both sides.

Place the courgette slices in a griddle pan or on a barbecue and cook until you get those lovely char lines.

Place some of the courgette slices onto a serving plate, sprinkle with a few sea salt flakes and some of the spicy chickpeas, then scatter over some raisins, fresh coriander and mustard shoots. Continue to layer the plate with courgette and chickpeas. Top with the fried curry leaves and chillies.

Image: Kim Lightbody

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