Fresh chickpeas with Sichuan spiced salt

{Weekend Herb Blogging}

Fresh chickpeas

My MIL must have thought I was mad. We were passing this grocery store and I screamed so happily seeing a few branches of fresh chickpeas for sale. “How can you be excited about vegetables?”, she asked. “Ah. You!”.

Yes, me! Over the years, I´ve grown to love the more common dried (and canned) varieties and used them in soup, salad, dips… But holding fresh chickpeas in my hands was something different. In the pods, they looked nothing alike the chickpeas I had always known. Actually, the shape was quite cute, resembling the shape of chicken (hence the name chickpeas? Just my guess). Anyway, as soon as I removed the pods, a familiar shape appeared. Chickpeas!

fresh chickpeas with spicy Sichuan salt mixture

Fresh chickpeas can be enjoyed raw. I, however, found that the taste is a bit too raw and `grassy´ for my palate. If you like eating raw bean sprouts or the likes, that won´t be a problem. Not for me though.
So, I steamed the pods minimally then sprinkle them with a mixture of spiced Sichuan salt. I normally did this with frozen whole edamame, but with chickpeas, it was just as brilliant.

This is my first 2011 post! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I´m sending this post to Weekend herb blogging, hosted by Haalo of Cook (almost) anything at least once.

fresh chickpeas with spicy Sichuan salt mixture

Fresh chickpeas: just wash and steam them briefly. Then, sprinkle with Sichuan spiced salt.

Sichuan spiced salt: in a skillet, roast 1 tablespoon of Sichuan pepper until fragrant. Mix in with three tablespoons of rock sea salt, and pound with a mortal and pestle until you get a fine texture. This will keep well in an air tight container.

38 Responses to Fresh chickpeas with Sichuan spiced salt

  1. kathryn says:

    I've never seen fresh chickpeas before, so like you I'd scream with delight if I spotted them. Lovely, lovely idea Anh.

  2. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    Oh my goodness, fresh chickpeas! That is awesome. As you can see I share your excitement. 😀

  3. Shirley @ Kokken69 says:

    I don't think I have seen fresh chick peas! Thanks for sharing this and happy new year!

  4. Y says:

    Happy New Year Anh! I would have screamed at the sight of fresh chickpeas too, as I've never had the chance to eat one!

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I'd love to try those.

  6. Sanjeeta kk says:

    These are one of my staple during winter in Rajasthan, India. Love to sit outside and do the peeling and popping of the chickpeas.

  7. shaz says:

    Happy New Year to you an your family Anh! What a lucky find, I've never seen raw chickpeas and you can bet I would be screaming, or at least squealing too. I never thought I'd grow from picky vegetable eater to someone who gets excited over green stuff :)

  8. Hannah says:

    Oh, I would absolutely shriek too if I ever saw fresh chickpeas in Canberra! I love them roasted, fried, in soups, pureed… I know I'd love them freshly steamed too :) Happy New Year!

  9. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    I only saw fresh chickpeas once at the market before, but I passed them up since I didn't know how to prepare them. If only I had known they were so easy! I'm going to keep an eye out for them from now on.

  10. Johanna GGG says:

    What a delicacy – maybe they are an acquired taste – glad you found a way to enjoy them – must remember this if I am ever lucky enough to find some

  11. La Table De Nana says:

    Such pretty photos..I get excited when I see and can buy something new wise..Thanks so much for the tip of making the salt..I just made Christmas Tree would think I could have thought of your brilliant idea..I love S peppercorns.

  12. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    I've never seen a fresh chickpea before. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy says:

    Wow..those pods look beautiful.I can imagine your excitement seeing those ! We get a fresh variety back in India during winters and its used for making some yum curries! But here if I would have seen them I think I would have also screamed like you :)

  14. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Happy new year! What a wonderful way to begin, with fresh chick peas. I've never tasted them.

  15. fortheloveofyum says:

    i just saw fresh chickpeas as the pakistani store the other day, but didn't know what to do with them. thanks for this lovely idea!

  16. Faith says:

    Oh my, I absolutely know what you mean, Anh…I would love to be able to find fresh chickpeas! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

  17. Delishhh says:

    Just stumpled onto your blog love it! Happy New year!

  18. deb says:

    Hi Anh, thanks for the info! I have never seen fresh chickpeas before. At least now I know what they look like!! Where did you buy them? cheers deb

  19. K says:

    I've never seen fresh chickpeas, where did you find them?

  20. Agnes says:

    Fresh chickpeas! I have never, ever, ever seen them before (and would have had no idea what they even looked like). So cool!

  21. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    What a great idea to steam them Anh…happy new year!

  22. Monet says:

    Smile. I get excited about vegetables and fruit too. I have never tried fresh chickpeas before, but they sound and look amazing! Such a simple preparation…I would devour the whole bowl. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Please have a happy and joyous week!

  23. Ju (The Little Teochew) says:

    Happy New Year to you, Anh! I love your shot of the bowl by the window. It's my first time seeing fresh chickpeas, so thanks for this. I would have walked past the grocery shop and not know! 😉

  24. Maria @ Scandi Foodie says:

    That's great! I've never tried fresh chickpeas, but would love to give them a go :-) Happy New Year Anh!

  25. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Fresh chickpeas? Where did you find them?? I will have jumped for joy as well.

  26. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Wow, this is the first time I see fresh chickpeas, interesting looking!

  27. tigerfish says:

    I will have to look out for those fresh chickpeas!

  28. Anh says:

    Happy new year to all! :)

  29. Phuoc'n Delicious says:

    HAHA funny girl! Happy new year to you too, hope 2011 brings a delicious one!

  30. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed says:

    Fresh chickpeas, how lovely! I've never had them before, my goodness! I would have squealed in delight too! I love bean sprouts so I'm sure I'd love these. Happy New Year :)

  31. Min {Honest Vanilla} says:

    Looks simply delicious! I hope I can find fresh chickpeas too!

  32. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    I love your simple preparation of this rare treat. Like edamame, no? Happy New Year, dear!

  33. The Wind Attack says:

    I've never seen fresh chickpeas before… but if I ever do, I'm totally following your lead on this one. Brilliant!

  34. Prerna@IndianSimmer says:

    My gosh, that top shot of chickpeas looks AMAZING! Love it!

  35. Jamie says:

    A very Happy, Joyous and Healthy 2011 for you, dear! I have never seen these before! Fascinating!

  36. Simona says:

    Gorgeous photos! I have actually missed fresh chickpeas at our farmers' market: they were available only one day. I hope to have better luck this year.

  37. Anna (Morsels and Musings) says:

    i've never seen fresh chickpeas before. this is quite cool to see really. thanks for sharing anh!

  38. Forager @ The Gourmet Forager says:

    I've never seen fresh unshelled chickpeas before and wouldn't have expected that hairy translucent shell. Learnt something new today – thanks for the post!

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