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Old 04-25-2006, 09:52 AM   #1
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Portugese style chickpeas with spinach

There seems to be some dispute about whether this was a Portugese dish exported to Spain, or vice versa.

Chickpeas with spinach

500g spinach
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, halved and sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 x 410g tins chickpeas, drained
Wash the spinach and put in a pan with just the water that clings to its leaves and a little salt. Cover and put over a medium heat for a minute or two, until wilted. Drain well in a sieve, pressing out the water with your hands.
Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan, add the onion and garlic and sprinkle with a little salt to encourage the juices to run. Fry gently for 20 minutes or so until the onion is soft and golden - but don't let it brown. Sprinkle with the cumin and let it roast for a minute in the hot oil. Stir in the drained chickpeas and the spinach and season. You can eat the dish like this, or sprinkle it with a little sherry vinegar. For a more substantial dish, finish with quartered hardboiled eggs. Eat with country-style bread to mop up the juices.

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Old 04-25-2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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Thank you so much for that recipe!! Both spinach & chickpeas are favorites of mine. Even though this dish is Portuguese, I can also see this as making a terrific vegetable accompaniment to an Indian meal as well. Will be trying this one very soon.
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