All hail the mighty chickpea
The possibilities are endless
A year and a half into our plant based journey and we have learnt so much from some of the most basic of ingredients. Our main eye opening item has to be this, a once never really thought about can sitting in the back of the cupboard has now taken prime place at the front – and there's always at least 3 cans ready to be turned into something amazing. Chickpeas are just insane, the amount you can create from omelettes to chocolate mousse to meringues to mayonnaise, they have to be crowned the best ingredient in my eyes.
Let's move the chickpeas away from their landmark tradition of hummus and take a look at some recipes we have made using chickpeas. Comment below if you have a favourite chickpea dish.
Green Vegetable omelet
Gram flour you may know from making your own onion bhajis is made from chickpeas and is also a fantastic gluten free substitute to flour. Mainly used for savoury dishes but do not rule out sweet dishes too, it can pair really well with fruit. This omelet was a fantastic lunch and gave us a break from the normal go to sandwich.
Another fantastic dish which replaces fish with chickpeas to create tuna mayo but without harming any fish in the process. Really easy to make, using shallots, capers, nori, spring onion, vegan mayo, a splash of malt vinegar and some parsley its definitely one to make.
Blood orange chocolate cheesecake pots
The truly indulgent aquafaba chocolate mousse, this is one desert you just have to make to have 5 minutes in pure heaven. Every time I go to make hummus or a dish just using the chickpeas out of a can I always save the aquafaba (water from the can) and place it into a container in the fridge or a majority of the time I make chocolate mousse for desert that night. Literally all you need is a 150g bar of dark chocolate (you can use any if your not vegan) and the water from 1 can of chickpeas to create this dish. Simply whisk the aquafaba until it creates firm peeks just as if you were whipping egg whites. Melt the chocolate i usually do mine in a bowl over boiling water. Once the chocolates melted, fold in the aquafaba and make sure all mixed. Then pour into cups and place into the fridge to set for a couple of hours and then enjoy!!
Marmalade Nut Roast
One of our go to comfort winter dishes and one we quite often make over the festive period is this fantastic nut roast. Chickpeas are one of the main ingredients along with roasted mixed nuts and the zing of the marmalade. Have you tried making your own nut roast before?
Of course there are just the dishes which show off the mighty chickpea to its full glory. Indian dishes are a fantastic way to really accentuate chickpeas and give them the limelight of the main dish. By adding spices, the chickpeas just absorb the flavour and take them to another level but also create this creamy bite dimension.
Well there are many more dishes i can share with you involving chickpeas and stay tuned on our profile as I'm sure i will be highlighting more in the future. We hope you have enjoyed reading the wonders of the chickpea, and grab the can out of the back of the cupboard and give it a new twist. We would love to hear from you what you create or what your favourite chickpea dishes are.