Chickpea Yahni is a Greek, simple and delicious recipe, that brings me back to my roots. In Greece, the cooked food that is based on crushed tomatoes is called “yahni”!
Here, among others, you will also find some of my childhood favorite Greek recipes. I like other cuisines as well. The Italian, the Chinese, the Mexican but I adore the Greek food. Maybe is because I am Greek! I cannot be very objective, obviously… :p The thing that I like most is that, out of simple ingredients, like olive oil, tomatoes, olives, vegetables, some meat, some dairy (mostly, feta and yogurt) and oregano, you can make very good and healthy food!
2 1/2 cups chickpeas, partly boiled and drained
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 beef or vegetable stock cube, optional
Pinch of salt, be careful with the salt because the cube stock contains salt!
Pinch of pepper
1. On a chopping board, chop the onion and mince the garlic cloves.
2. Place your olive oil in a medium high-side skillet, and heat it over high heat.
3. Add your chopped onion, and saute until it becomes slightly brown and translucent.
4. At this point, add the garlic, the tomato sauce, 2 1/2 cups of water, the sugar and the vinegar. Give a swirl and wait 2 – 3 minutes or until the water heats up a little bit.
5. Place the rest of the ingredients in the pot; the chickpeas, the beef stock cube, the herbs, the salt and the pepper.
6. Cover the pot with a lid, lower the heat to medium and cook for about 25 – 30 minutes or until your chickpeas are fully cooked and your sauce reduces. Half way, uncover the pot.
7. In Greece, we serve the yahni with a piece of bread and good quality feta cheese!
Makes 2 servings