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Old 03-27-2011, 06:56 PM   #1
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Afghan Chick Peas?

Nephew just called me (hooray, hooray and hip hip hooray) to let me know about his safe return. But he really, really wanted to know if I could help him reproduce a meal he had when he was overseas. First I had to instruct him, since he'd bought dried chick peas. He was thinking he could make dinner tonight! What a laugh! I told him to go buy some canned. Said he couldn't find them. So I informed him of the various names he can find them under in his local grocery (likely a Publix, so I know they are there, he just didn't know that they're called garbanzos), recommended spices, etc. He was hoping to impress his girlfriend for dinner tonight. I told him some shortcuts for bean dishes.

But does anyone know any "authentic" Afghan bean dishes? Just curious.

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Old 03-27-2011, 08:28 PM   #2
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I don't have an authentic recipe for you. Sorry.

2 Years ago, chick peas were not found dried or in cans at my markets--I'm in the midwest. I ended up buying 20 lbs from a wholesaler to get them, and split them with friends.
They seemed to be in short supply last year as well. I haven't checked this year.
They are also called Garbanzo beans, maybe he could look for those. Canned or dry. Check the vegetable aisle and the international foods, mexican etc.

They don't take quite as long to cook as say, northern beans. I cook them in big batches (hummus, salads) and freeze them so I have them ready and on hand. HTH
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:23 AM   #3
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I know a soup using dry chick peas. It is usually served here in Egypt. If you are interested I could post it for you.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:36 AM   #4
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Claire about 10 mins from where I used to live was a ethnic Indian area, it also housed refugees from Iraq,Iran,Kurdistan and Afghanistan. They had loads of traditional cafes, Nakod is the Afghani word for chickpea I think and I have eaten Chelo Nakod and Kofta Nakod, I found both and other good stuff googleing.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:54 AM   #5
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Claire, I googled 'Afghani garbanzo bean recipes' and got a lot of hits.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:57 AM   #6
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We ate chickpeas in Iowa in the 1970's...
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:09 AM   #7
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I know a soup using dry chick peas. It is usually served here in Egypt. If you are interested I could post it for you.
I am Mom, also BaBa Ganuj please.
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:13 AM   #8
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i keep picturing chick peas with tiny knitted ponchos around them...
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:10 AM   #9
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Mrs. Mom--

I love chick peas. I can eat chick peas every day. Please share your recipe.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:06 PM   #10
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Since the shortage of chick peas this past few years, I haven't seen them often.
Priced them yesterday at the grocery store--they are available(!), dry--$0.99/lb. (a little more expensive than usual)
As a comparison, split peas were $0.75/lb, and northern beans were $0.75/lb.

This isn't an afghan recipe.

Soup:
Saute some chopped onions in olive oil.
Add:
2 cups garbanzo beans
2 cups red beans (kidney)
2 cups other beans (your choice)
4 cups tomato sauce/puree
2 cups zucchini (sliced)
Salt to taste
(I like basil in this soup)

Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.

Afghan cooking would most likely use chicken broth instead of tomatoes, and add potatoes.
Herbs and spices used in Afghan cooking:
Mint, turmeric, saffron, coriander, cilantro, cardamom and black pepper.
Common meats: chicken and lamb.
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