Vegan Fatteh (Creamy Spiced Chickpeas)
This indulgent Egyptian-inspired chickpea dish is creamy, mildly spiced and fragrant.
Servings 4 people
- 4 small lebanese flat bread
- 2 bay leaf
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 800 g canned chickpeas
- 3 tbsp baharat spice mix see recipe below
- 500 ml vegetable stock
- 3 tbsp tahini
- 1/4 cup plain soy or almond yoghurt unsweetened
- 1/4 cup vegan butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup almonds roughly chopped
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
Baharat Spice Mix
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp cracked pepper
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
Baharat Spice Mix
- Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a sealed jar.
- Lightly brush flat bread with olive oil. Place under grill/broiler in oven for 10-15 minutes, turning once. Remove when golden brown and crisp, then break into shards.
- Heat a generous lug of olive oil in a deep pan or dutch oven. Add bay leaves, minced garlic, chickpeas and baharat. Fry for 30 seconds, stirring constantly so the spices don't stick.
- Pour in the stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, until liquid reduces to a thick sauce.
- While the chickpeas are cooking, in a small bowl, whisk tahini and yoghurt until combined.
- When the chickpeas are done, remove bay leaves and turn off the heat.
- In a small frypan, melt butter over medium heat, shaking the pan to prevent it from burning. Once the butter froths then starts to turn golden brown, remove it from the heat and add the almonds.
- To assemble, place the flat bread pieces onto a serving bowl, then top with chickpea mixture. Place the yoghurt mixture on top of the chickpeas, then pour over the butter and almonds. Sprinkle with some smoked paprika to garnish and eat immediately (otherwise the flatbread will go soggy!).