Hey, readers. I’m checking in with a quick and simple Tunisian recipe tonight. Work’s been a bit busy this week (funny how work can be so tiring and rewarding all in the same day!), so my posts are behind (again!–when will I ever catch up…). I’ve been steadily making progress this week on the Pearl Project, with the exception of last night. Think one glass of Sangria, turned into two, turned into sushi, turned into gelato, turned into the latest episode of The New Girl. It was an absolutely lovely evening of good weather, people watching, and eating out unnecessarily. You cannot blame me. Conversation away from the interwebs and television was just too much to pass up.
If you’re work week has been like mine, but you’re not feeling an evening filled with gelato splurges, make Lebeli–because it’s super fast.
Fast and Easy Lebleli, Serves 6, Vegan
- 2 15 oz cans cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, crushed
- 4 cups water
- 2 tsp of Lazy Bones harissa (1 T olive oil with 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp ground caraway, 1/2 tsp coriander, 2 crushed red peppers–I’m not that lazy bones, right?); okay, fine, if you want to make a more authentic harissa, you go ahead.
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 T cumin
- 1 T olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat pot and oil to medium.
- Add onion and cook until translucent.
- Add garlic and cook 2-3 more minutes.
- Add water, chickpeas, cumin, and Lazy Bones Harissa. Simmer until chickpeas and water are warmed thoroughly. (I simmered for only about 15-20 minutes since I had canned chickpeas)
- Remove from heat. Splash with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
Garnishes vary greatly with lebleli. Add hard-boiled eggs, cilantro, croutons, toasted cumin seeds, and on and on and on. We kept it simple with a bottom layer of croutons which soaked the flavor right up.
If this dish seems too easy for you, then you should have gone running earlier. Easy dishes like this feel like such edible God-sends during busy weeks. Okay, fine, you can make mint tea to feel more Tunisian.
And then read about Tunisia’s delegates arriving in Baghdad for the League of Arab Nations’ conference. Now you’ve made supper, a refreshing beverage, and read up on current events. You are good, readers. You are so good.