Spicy Chickpea Pitas

There isn’t really much to say about this one.

I used to make this all the time with a goats cheese or a good feta. If you are veggie, you can do that. I am using a handful of Daiya vegan cheddar here instead. It does supply a subtle cheesiness, but the real point of it is to act as a binder so it doesn’t all fall apart as soon as you bite into it. You can leave it out if you want though, the pita will still fold everything together.

Flavour wise, you don’t need to do much with chickpeas, but I am adding some heat with a chilli, some mild bitterness through parsley and freshening it all up with some lemon juice.

A great lunch, really it is like a dissected falafel, but when chefs say things are “dissected”, it annoys the hell out of me!!

An alternative to the pita would be a nice flat bread or even some warmed Turkish bread. You could even have it in a salad if you are that way inclined….

Serves 2

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  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • 1 red chili, chopped (I like to keep the seeds in, deseed if you don’t like the heat)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ lemon, zest and juice
  • Small bunch of flat leaf parsley, use the leaves, chopped
  • Small handful of meltable vegan cheese ((optional)I use Daiya and recommend you to do the same)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon, smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to serve
  • 2 pita breads, to serve
  • hot sauce (optional)

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Cook it:

  1. Heat a pan on a stove, over a medium heat
  2. Add the onions and cook until the soften, do not burn them. Should take about 5 minutes
  3. Add the garlic and chili and cook for a further 2 minutes
  4. Add the chickpeas and smoked paprika. Give everything a stir. Fry for 2 minutes
  5. Add the cheese and stir, fry until it just begins to melt and stick together. Some hot sauce wouldn’t go a miss here either
  6. Grate the zest of half a lemon over the top and give it all a toss. Squeeze in the juice from the halved lemon and toss
  7. Add the parsley, toss, season with salt and pepper
  8. Serve in warmed pita breads

Recommended Tunes:

Warpaint - Warpaint
Warpaint “Warpaint”

This is quite a light, almost refreshing lunch, so the album has to be the same.

Simple, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, not much going on but what is going on really works well. Every part is there for a reason, every part is integral.

It has to be a band where each member is key.

It has to be…..


Listen – but do yourself a favour and buy it on vinyl!!

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