Merhaba Dear All,
We have been enjoying this lovely Chickpea/Garbanzo Bean Salad with sumac onions, peppers, spinach and tomatoes a lot. This is a delicious variation of the much loved Turkish bean salad, Fasulye Piyazi with some more veg added to it. Chickpea Salad, or Nohut Piyazi as we call it, is a popular street food in southern Turkey, especially in the regions of Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and Adiyaman, where the dried chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are traditionally cooked in lamb stock.
We love chickpeas and they are fantastic paired with cumin (as in hummus), and with tangy sumac infused onions in this refreshing salad. I used precooked good quality chickpeas here, they make a delicious, nutritional salad in no time. If you like greens, by all means add more spinach or pepper here. It is a lovely, easy to make substantial salad for lunch, can be served as part of meze or a side to grilled vegetables, fish or meat. You can use cannellini or your other favourite cooked beans in this salad instead of chickpeas too.
Note: If you prefer to use the dried chickpeas, you need to soak them in cold water overnight. Then drain the chickpeas and put them in a pan with plenty of fresh water. Cook for about 60 minutes or until tender, adding salt toward the end of the cooking time. Drain and set aside in a bowl, to be used in this salad.
- 1 x 14oz can of precooked chickpea / garbanzo beans
- 1tsp/5ml ground sumac (use more if you are a fan!)
- 1tsp/5ml ground cumin
- ½ medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 3 spring onions/scallions, finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
- 40g/1 ½ oz spinach leaves, washed and roughly chopped
- For the dressing:
- 30ml/2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ juice of lemon
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Sprinkle of extra sumac to serve
- Flatbread or pita bread to serve
- In a mixing bowl, rub a pinch of salt and ground sumac into the onion slices with your hands really well. This will soften the onions and make them more palatable, will also help infuse tangy sumac to the onion slices.
- Place the precooked chickpeas or garbanzo beans on a colander, drain its liquid and rinse over running water. Combine the chickpeas with the onions in the mixing bowl. Stir in the ground cumin and season with salt to your taste, mix well.
- Stir in the chopped tomatoes, peppers, spring onion and spinach into the bowl and combine well with the chickpeas and onion mixture.
- For the dressing; combine the extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice in a small container. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to your taste.
- Pour in the seasoning over the salad and combine well. Transfer the salad into a serving plate. Serve with an extra pinch of ground sumac sprinkled over, if you like, with plenty flat breads or pita bread by the side, to mop up the delicious juices.
- Afiyet Olsun, Ozlem
Kurban Bayrami – Eid In Istanbul
It’s been really special to be able to make it to Istanbul to see my dear mother, Gulcin, my sister and family, during the past Kurban Bayrami, Eid. I haven’t been able to see them for a long while; it was a precious time spend together. As with every Turkish gathering with family, it included feasts to share – Turkish breakfast, dinners, Turkish coffee and more. Here are a few photos for you – including a special photo above with my dear mum Gulcin and my lovely niece Defne.
Our Bayram Turkish breakfast, my favourite meal of the day. Traybake Borek, Filo Pastry with Spinach and cheese is everyone’s favourite, here’s my recipe and my youtube video links.
And scrumptious Bayram meals shared with family; I love how these special events bring us together. My cousin’s home made Baklava with walnuts were delicious, here’s my recipe and youtube vide on how to make baklava, it is easier than you think and so delicious.
Last but not least, my dear cousin Nihal hosted us for another family feast – her Tray bake Kebab, Antakya’s Tepsi Kebabi was so delicious. This is such an easy kebab to make at home, here’s my recipe if you like to give a go.
Ozlem’s Turkish Table Booksigning in Bebek – Istanbul
I also managed to do a little book signing while in Istanbul, at the lovely Bebek district – thank you Emily for your kind interest for Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book!
A little reminder that signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book are delivered worldwide, including US and Canada at this link – You can also see also kindle, ebook etc options here (Delighted to share that kindle version of Ozlem’s Turkish table is No.3 in Canada for Turkish cooking, thank you!). You can see all options here via GBPublishing.
My best wishes and Afiyet Olsun,