Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fresh Chick Peas in the Pod

Fresh Chick Peas in the Pod
Cleaned and Cooked

Hummus and Pita Chips

A rare farmers market find are fresh chick peas in the pod, also commonly known as garbanzo beans. When I spotted these and had to buy a few handfuls of the fresh pods because they are not normally sold fresh, I instantly came up with the idea of making hummus with them. The fresh pods are about the size of a peanut containing one to three beans in each, after shelling I simmered the beans in salted water for a few minutes, then shocked them in ice water to stop them from cooking and to set the bright green color. Using a mortar and pestle I mashed the beans with fresh lemon juice, garlic, tahini (sesame seed paste) olive oil, fresh oregano, cumin and kosher salt. It turned out really Delicious with a mild nutty flavor. I served them with crispy baked pita chips.


Claire said...

Wow never seen green chickpeas before. The resulting hummus looks tremendous :-)
Claire (

A Foodie in Denial said...

That looks really good. Here's hoping I run into some the next time I hit up the farmer's market.

Chef Gregory Clausen said...

They are rare, I only see them maybe once a year. I think most are sold dried.

Sarah said...

that's a fresh idea, first time I saw green chickpeas was in Jordan but not sure how they prepare them.