Chickpea recipes are popular in Sri Lankan cuisine. In Sri Lankan cuisine, we have unique breakfast dishes which are also healthy. It is common to include boiled chickpeas, green peas or cowpea for breakfast together with Sri Lankan chili paste and fresh grated coconut. Although, traditional Sri Lankan breakfast with chickpeas include boiled chickpeas, katta sambola and fresh coconut separately, I sometimes cook all these together as one pot meal. Not only this chickpeas dish saves me time, it is also delicious and good for adding different flavour to our breakfast menu.
Other than this chickpeas breakfast recipe , you can also cook chickpeas as a tempered spicy salad. Check that chickpea salad recipe if you look for such delicious chickpeas dish.
Below are some other chickpea recipes I have shared before.
Spicy tempered Chickpeas – Recipe here
Lettuce and chickpeas salad – Recipe here
Chickpea curry – Recipe Here
Chickpeas Rice – Recipe here
Recipe: Boiled and tempered Chickpeas (Thambapu Kadala)
Ingredients: (for 2 servings)
1 cup Chickpeas
1 tbs chilly pieces (crushed chilli)
2 springs Curry leaves
1 big onion sliced
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 tspn mustard seeds
1-2 tbs oil to fry
½ cup fresh grated coconut
salt to taste
(Pinch of baking soda-optional)
Soak Chickpea in water over night or about 6 hours.
Hint: you can add a pinch of baking soda when soaking chickpeas. This will soften chickpeas.
After about 6 hours soaking in water, drain water. Add more water and boil chickpeas.
Once the chickpeas are cooked enough, drain water and keep the boiled chickpeas aside.
To prepare the tempered chickpeas salad,
Heat 1-2 tbsp. oil in a pan.
Add mustard seeds when oil is heated enough.
When mustard seeds start popping out, add onion & curry leaf, also cinnamon stick.
Then add chilly pieces & mix.
Now it is time to add boiled chick peas.
Mix well & add salt to taste. Finally add the fresh grated coconut. This will reduce the spiciness of the salad. Mix well.
Remove from the heat and serve chickpeas as a Sri Lankan breakfast or as a salad.
Try this recipe and all other chickpea recipes mentioned in this post to add more flavours for your Sri Lankan meal!