Meyer Lemon Chickpeas and Rice

Gingery Meyer Lemon Chickpeas and Rice

I needed to make the quickest lunch in less than half an hour yesterday and when I looked in the fridge, the Meyer lemons were calling out for attention. Adding the Meyer Lemons to some fresh Ginger sounded like a good idea but it wasn’t enough to make lunch. Having found a couple of cans of chickpeas, I decided to make some rice and chickpeas. But these are made with a Meyer twist.

Meyer Lemon Chickpeas and Rice
Meyer Lemon Chickpeas and Rice

I love using Citrus in most of my recipes and given half the chance, I am zesting and juicing anything to add an additional zing to everything.  Meyer lemons are one of my favourites, as it has a unique taste of lemons combined with an orange sweetness. It is amazing in smoothies too.

Since I only had minutes to get this all ready, I’m not very accurate with the measurements of what I used. I was expecting a friend for lunch, and had lost track of time, hence the rush.

Meyer Lemon Rice

I added around 1 tsp of Meyer Lemon juice and some zest in with Extra virgin oilive oil when I made the rice. I seasoned the rice with salt as it cooked.

Gingery Meyer Lemon Chickpeas

2 can chick peas / garbanzo
1 Meyer lemon – zest and juice
2 shallots, finely chopped
4 green chillies, finely chopped (according to taste)
2 tbsp ginger paste
2 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1 tbsp chick pea masala / chana masala
1/4 tsp clove powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 cup freshly chopped coriander/cilantro leaves
2 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp tomato paste/puree
Salt to taste

Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. As they start to sizzle, add the green chillies. Stir well and add the onions, followed by the ginger. As soon as the onions start to soften and turn translucent, add the chickpeas.

Stir in the tomato paste followed by all the remaining ingredients. I also added 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil uncovered. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low/medium, cover the pot and let this cook for 30 minutes stirring every once in a while.

Serve with lemony rice and a side salad.

Meyer Lemon Chickpeas and Rice
Meyer Lemon Chickpeas and Rice

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