Those Europeans who trek the high paths through Nepal get used to simple daily meals of Daal and Rice. But such are the talents of a good Nepali cook that you can prepare yourself for differences of taste and texture such as would test the talents of any Asian Escoffier.
This quick and simple meal claims no such merits, but……….. Friends who have tried it [even confirmed carnivores] often say [in a casual, but entirely unconvincing manner] “Oh, if we’re having a curry evening next week is there any chance you could do that Gurkha Chickpea thing…………………”
2 ‘banana’ Shallots, chopped in fine rings; a sweet, ripe, Tomato, chopped fine; 3 fat Garlic Cloves chopped fine; 1 tsp Chana powder [see my previous post]; 1 Green Chilli, cut a slit down lengthwise; 2 x 400 g cans of Organic Chickpeas, drained [or about 1 lb of dried chickpeas soaked overnight].
Have to hand: Lemon juice; Black pepper; Sea or Black salt; 1 tsp of Ghee [clarified butter] or if unavailable [tut, tut, you really should have some!] 2 tsp Rice Oil
Heat your ghee or oil in a raised side frying pan, and saute the shallots til golden. Then add the garlic, chilli and chana powder, and stir well in. Grind over a good amount of fresh black pepper, and stir in, allow to simmer.
After a few minutes add the chickpeas, and tomato and a splash of lemon juice. Stir and simmer for about 10/15 mins. Check for taste and add a little salt if needed. Serve piping hot with a simple Jeera [cumin] Rice or plain Roti.