Sumac is a gorgeous, tangy lemon spice that I’ve been keen to try in recipes for aaages, and recently when in the West of Ireland I found it in a health store, and decided it was a sign! I absolutely love Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine and cooking, so this spice is one I’ve seen featured on menus of spots I’ve been for food, and one I knew I needed to have at home! As you guys know, I’m a chickpea addict, and this recipe combines another ingredient I love to use – aubergine! Not to mention tahini – the love is so real there, I eat the stuff by the spoonful most days! Get the oven on, let’s cook!
Recipe (Serves 2)
- For the Chickpeas: 1/4 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp sumac
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp sumac
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
- 3 tbsp natural yogurt (I used Alpro)
- 4 tbsp tahini (ideall
- 1 aubergine, stem removed and sliced in half lengthways
- 1 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- A twist of black pepper
- A pinch of sea salt
- Pre-heat the oven to 200C (fan oven) and line a baking tray with tin foil.
- Using a sharp knife, slice criss crosses into the flesh of each aubergine half.
- Drizzle half of the olive oil over each aubergine half, and then sprinkle the black pepper and sea salt on top.
- Tip the chickpeas into a small bowl, add the sumac, cumin and cinnamon, and a little olive oil, and stir until the chickpeas are coated.
- When the oven is ready, place the aubergine halves flesh up on the tray, and spoon the chickpeas out beside them.
- Roast the chickpeas for 15 minutes until they have a crunch, turning them half way.
- Roast the aubergines for approximately 40 minutes, until a fork pierces soft aubergine flesh easily.
- While roasting your chickpeas and aubergine, grab a smaller bowl and combine the dressing ingredients – cumin, turmeric, lemon juice, tahini and yogurt.
- When you’re ready to serve, spoon the dressing into the centre of the aubergine halves as in the photo, top with your chickpeas and sprinkle more sumac on top – delish!
Enjoy guys! Tag me if you try this recipe out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!
Ciara 🙂 x