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Chickpeas with Cauliflower and Tahini Sauce

For more than a dozen years, senior staff member Pranava Chaitanya has been cooking in the ashram kitchen as well as offering cooking courses. One of his signature dishes, the recipe melds the creaminess of chickpeas with the medium crunch of cauliflower. The combination is delicious, he says.

 

Chickpeas with Cauliflower and Tahini Sauce

Ingredients (serves 2 to 4 as main dish)

2 lbs dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

3-4 medium bay leaves

1 large head cauliflower

½ zucchini (optional)

2 stalks fresh dill, minced finely

4 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)

Olive oil

½ lemon

Salt, pepper

 

Preparation

  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight in large pot of water, four times amount of water as beans
  2. Rinse beans, place in pot of fresh water and bring to a boil. Add bay leaves, reduce heat and simmer, until the beans are soft but firm. Occasionally remove foam that forms on the surface. Reserve one third of cooked chickpeas and some cooking water for Tahini Sauce (see below)
  3. In the meantime, cut cauliflower into small florets, cube stems and chop leaves if fresh.
  4. Bring water to boil and steam or blanch the cauliflower, starting with stems and leaves and then the florets. Remove from water when cooked but still firm.
  5. Slice zucchini in half lengthwise and cut into very fine half moons.
  6. Combine all ingredients including Tahini Sauce in a bowl, adding most of the minced dill.
  7. Decorate bowl with remaining dill. Serve.

Tahini Sauce

  1. Blend one third or more of the cooked chickpeas with a hand or machine blender, using cooking water to moisten.
  2. When chickpeas have become a creamy paste, add tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste..

Enjoy!

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Pranava Chaitanya is an advanced Sivananda Yoga teacher who teaches workshops, courses, and Teacher Training Courses (TTCs) at the ashram. He regularly travels to Asia and India for pilgrimage to holy sites, retreats, and to deepen his yogic studies.

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