High Protein Spicy Turkish Chickpea Salad


High Protein Spicy Turkish Chickpea Salad
• 250 g chickpeas (soaked overnight and cooked)
• Olive oil, ¼ cup, 50 ml, extra 2 tbsp to fry the chickpeas
• 1 onion, thinly sliced into crescents
• 2 garlic cloves, chopped
• 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
• 2 sun dried tomatoes, finely sliced
• 2 tsp paprika powder
• 1/2 tsp ground cumin
• 1/2 tsp chili / red pepper flakes (pul biber)
• 1 tsp ground sumac
• 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 cup chopped parsley
• 5 – 6 leaves fresh basil
• 2 tsp salt or to taste


1. Soak the chickpeas overnight, drain and cook in simmering water for 1.5 hours until soft
2. Drain and set aside. Alternatively use canned cooked chickpeas
3. In a pan, heat up 2 tbsp oil or olive oil and add the chickpeas.
4. Add 1 tsp salt and 2 tsp paprika, stir and cook for 5 minutes until chickpeas are red and fragrant.
5. Set aside the chickpeas, scrape all the spices from the pan.
6. Chop the onions, garlic, red pepper and the sun dried tomatoes and set aside
7. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add the onions and garlic,
8. Stir and cook for 3 – 4 minutes until the onions are slightly soft and the garlics are fragrant
9. Add the chopped red peppers, dried tomatoes and 1/2 tsp salt. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
10. Turn off the heat, let it cool down and add ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp chili flakes, 1 tsp sumac
11. Add the mixture over the chickpeas together
12. Mix to combine the spices with the ingredients.
13. Finely chop the parsley and fresh basil and add into the bowl
14. Squeeze 2 tbsp of lemon juice and add into the ingredients.
15. Gently mix the ingredients to combine without bruising the herbs.
16. Serve in a bowl and enjoy with flatbread as a main or serve as a salad / side dish

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