I’ve been frequenting my local library a lot during the weekends. Lately, I have been browsing through their collection of books by Indian authors/books set in India. I managed to finish 4 books in the last 3 months, which is more than I’d read in the last 2 years!
Here are a few books I’ve enjoyed recently. You might like them too.
Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes by Shoba Narayan
A Breath of Fresh Air by Amulya Malladi
The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi
Song of the Cuckoo Bird by Amulya Malladi
Serving Crazy with Curry by Amulya Malladi (Of all of Malladi’s books, this was my least favorite.)
I’m currently halfway through Rupa Bajwa’s The Sari Shop. Anita Rau Badami’s Tamarind Woman is next on my list to read.
I think I just might have rediscovered the joy of reading! I did not make any New Year's resolutions, but if had made one, it would be this- to read more.
During a recent visit to the library a few days back I picked up, among other books, a couple of cookbooks too.
This recipe for peppery chickpeas is something I came across in Maya Kaimal's Savoring the Spice Coast of India: Fresh Flavors from Kerala. It is a very simple recipe that can be prepared in a jiffy especially if you are like me, and always have a couple of cans of chickpeas on hand.
(For almost 2 servings)
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 onion, finely chopped
¾ tsp pepper, coarsely ground
¼ tsp cumin seeds, roasted & powdered
½ tsp coriander powder
A pinch of chilli powder
A handful of coriander leaves, chopped
Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 Tbsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin and mustard seeds. Add the onions and sauté till lightly brown.
Add the spice powders (pepper, coriander cumin, chilli) and cook.
Stir in the chickpeas and cover and cook for a couple of minutes for the spices to coat the chickpeas and for the flavors to come together.
Take the pan off the heat, stir in the lemon juice. Garnish with chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves.
This is my entry for JFI: Chickpeas. I’m also sending this across for the seventh edition of My Legume Love Affair.
A couple of other legume-centric dishes on this blog-
Beans with Cheese and Basil
Edamame and Black Beans Thoran
Moth Beans Curry
Spicy Cannellini Bean Soup
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus