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Chickpeas in the Oven

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Food Recipes, Pleasures, Pulses-Legumes
Servings: 6 People

Ingredients

  • 600g Dry Chickpeas , without their skin, from the latest harvest.
  • 1 large Yellow Onion , finely chopped
  • 2 medium Carrots , peeled and sliced
  • 1 tbsp Dry Oregano
  • 80ml EVOO , extra virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp All-Spice , ground
  • cup fresh Parsley , roughly chopped
  • 40ml Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt , plus more for soaking the chickpeas
  • ½ tsp freshly ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  • 8 hours or overnight soak the Chickpeas in water with 1 tbsp of salt, the water to be 5cm above the chickpeas as the chickpeas increase their volume quite rapidly. Add more water if needed. Drain the water and rinse them well before cooking.
  • To cook the chickpeas, use a medium pot or casserole on high heat and add the soaked chickpeas. Add water to cover them and be 4 cm above their level and add a tsp or two of salt to prevent chickpeas from splitting. Bring to a boil, skim from the surface any scum/foam that is being created and remove from the heat immediately. Drain while saving almost all the water.
  • In the meantime, turn the oven to max degrees, air circulation and rack set at the middle.
  • Take a medium oven proof dish and add the chickpeas along with the onions, carrots, oregano, oil, bay leaves and all-spice. Pour water that was used in the boiling of the chickpeas just enough to cover them. Season with the salt and pepper, cover with foil and place in the oven for 45’.
  • Remove from the oven, uncover, give it a gentle stir and place back in the oven, now at 180°C. Cook for an hour while stirring every 20’ and adding more water if needed. You want a bit of a sauce in your chickpeas and not dry ones. 5’ before the end add the parsley along with the lemon juice, give it a stir and cook for the remaining 5’.
  • Serve with a drizzle of oil over them along with yoghurt and fresh onions.