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Slow-cooked chickpeas on toast with poached egg (Yotam Ottolenghi)

October 23, 2013

“I tested this dish on a group of card-carrying sceptics: “Five hours to cook beans on toast?” How could I possibly justify the time involved when the more famous variation on this theme can be on the table inside a couple of minutes? Each to their own, I say. These chickpeas are impossibly soft and yielding, and the flavour is rich and deep in a way that only slow cooking can bring about. (Please don’t be tempted to omit the salt: it keeps the skins intact and prevents the chickpeas from disintegrating.)

Notwithstanding the cooking time, this is really very low-maintenance comfort food. The chickpeas taste fantastic the next day, too, not to mention the day after that, so you might want to double the quantities and keep a batch in the fridge. I like it topped with a spoonful of Greek yogurt.”

Serves four.

220g medium-sized dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in lots of cold water with ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp olive oil, plus 1 tbsp to serve
1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1½ tsp tomato paste
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp smoked paprika
2 small red peppers, roughly chopped into 0.5cm dice
Salt and black pepper
1 beef tomato, peeled and roughly chopped
½ tsp caster sugar

To serve
4 slices sourdough, brushed with olive oil and grilled on both sides
4 eggs, poached
1 tsp za’atar

Strain and rinse the chickpeas. Put a large saucepan on a high heat, add the chickpeas and cover with plenty of cold water. Bring to a boil, skim the surface, boil for five minutes, strain and set the chickpeas aside.

Put the oil, onion, garlic, tomato paste, cayenne, paprika and red peppers in a food processor, along with a teaspoon of salt and some black pepper, and blitz to a paste.

Wipe down the chickpea saucepan, return it to the stove on medium heat and add the paste. Fry for five minutes (there’s enough oil in the paste to allow for this), stirring occasionally, then add the tomato, sugar, chickpeas and 200ml water. Bring to a low simmer, cover and cook on a very low heat for four hours, stirring from time to time and adding water as needed to maintain a sauce-like consistency. Remove the lid and cook for a final hour: the sauce needs to thicken without the chickpeas becoming dry.

Put a slice of grilled sourdough on each plate, spoon over some chickpeas and top with a poached egg. Sprinkle over some za’atar and a dribble of oil, and serve hot.

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