I made this Zaatar Chickpea Loaf yesterday. I had not planned on it, but there was not much in the house in the way of fresh ingredients, so I was making the most of what we had at home in the kitchen cupboards and fridge.
The Zaatar Chickpea Loaf actually turned out to be quite lovely. Not dense, but packed with flavour and textures and surprisingly it also remained quite moist on the inside too.
I served the Savoury Loaf with Zaatar Sweet Potato Chips that were simply baked in the oven. However, the plate still needed something else, shredded Brussels sprouts maybe, as that was the only green vegetable in my kitchen but I think I have had my fair share of sprouts for the year so gave it a miss.
For those of you who have not yet welcomed the New Year - What are your plans for the New Year celebrations? I'm staying indoors for the New Year celebrations with a plate of nibbles and a bottle of fizzy, so may I take the opportunity wish you all a Happy New Year for 2015. 2014 has been a better year for me. A new home, a new job... but I look forward to 2015 and hope it will be even better. May it be a kind one for all my lovely loyal readers too. See you in 2015.
Zaatar Chickpea and Green Pepper Loaf
400g x can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
160g fresh breadcrumbs (D had made a loaf of white bread in the bread machine a couple of days ago, so I blitzed that in my Magimix)
1 green pepper, chopped into really small pieces
1 small red onion, minced
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
2 teaspoons Zaytoun Zaatar
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or two fresh garlic cloves, crushed)
Salt to taste
3 free-range eggs, beaten
Optional: teaspoon of sesame seeds and Zaatar for sprinkling
In a large bowl, roughly mash the chickpeas, then throw in all the other ingredients except for the eggs, then stir until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Finally stir in the beaten eggs until well combined.
Transfer the mixture to a loaf tin that has been lightly coated with oil and press the mixture gently. (I actually made 6 individual ones)
Optional: sprinkle over the sesame seeds and Zaatar if using.
Bake at gas mark 4/180oc for 30 minutes.
Allow to cool, before removing from the tin.
UP-DATED: Febrruary 2015
This recipe has been made by Lou at Rainbow Chard and Chandra Eswaran who blogs at Green Commotion.