Friday, October 16, 2009

Garbanzo Meal & Recipes

It's been years since I celebrated Diwali. When I was in the 4th standard, there was a huge scandal in South India which exposed the horrible working conditions and the abuse of child labor in Sivakasi, the capital of fireworks production. We, as school children, were encouraged to protest by staying away from fireworks.

A few years down the line, with our family never together for any festival, I simply lost interest in it all. I never liked the noisy crackers anyway, but the wheels and rockets are always fun. But then, Diwali is more than its fireworks. It's the triumph of good, a celebration of light and these are things that I would simply love to focus on at this point. I won't be lighting any fireworks tomorrow night, but I will think upon that beautiful flickering glow that I imagine one would see when looking down on this part of the world from space :)

I came up with Garbanzo meal, similar to corn meal and played around with a few recipes, all of which came out well. I especially liked the muffins, as its the first time I substituted eggs with flax seeds- the results amazed me!

Garbanzo Meal
makes 1.5 cups garbanzo meal

1 3/4 cup halved soaked garbanzo beans
1 pinch salt
1 tsp olive oil

Prep: Soak the garbanzo beans overnight. In the morning, rinse, drain and chop each bean in half. Spread it a newspaper and allow it to dry under a fan for a little while.

In a heavy skillet, add the oil and the halved garbanzo beans and salt and cook on low, stirring occasionally till the beans are dry and cooked through. Remove and cool. Pulse the beans in a food processor a few times to get the soft grainy garbanzo meal.

Garbanazo Celery Baked Pops
makes 10

Savory Garbanzo Meal:
2 cups halved garbanzo beans
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup celery
1 pinch salt
1 pinch cumin powder
1 tsp chilli flakes
Prepare just like plain Garbanzo meal (above)

To make the pops:

1 tbsp oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp celery chopped

2 pinches salt
2 pinches pepper
3 tbsp vegetable stock

In a small pan, heat the oil and add the chopped onion and celery. Cook till the onions turns translucent and remove. To the savory garbanzo meal, add the cooked onions, salt, pepper and vegetable stock. Mix with your hands to form a firm dough. Press the dough around ice cream sticks. Place on tray lined with greased foil. Brush oil on top as well. Bake for 25 mins at 200 C. Serve with ketchup.

Garbanzo Muffins
Makes 3

1/2 cup garbanzo meal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar, powdered
1/2 tbsp ground flax seed mixed in 1.5 tbsp water
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 pinch salt

Mix the garbanzo meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add the flax seed mixture, vegetable oil and milk and mix till just incorporated. Spoon the mixture into a greased muffin tin till the molds are 3/4 full. Bake in the oven at 180 C for 20 to 25 mins.

Garbanzo Skillet Biscuits
Makes 4

1 cup Garbanzo Meal
1/4 cup lukewarm water, approx.
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vegetable oil

Mix all the ingredients together. Add enough water to make the dough hold shape. Flatten in the palm of your hands smoothing the edges of cracks as you go. Lightly oil a skillet and place the biscuits on it on low heat. Flip once so that both sides become brown. Bake in an oven for 10 mins at 150 C just before serving with chilli or gravy.


  1. Mia, how have you been? Happy Diwali to you :) How innovative of you to make all these different treats using 1 main ingredient. Those pops are such a cute idea :) and the muffins look so cottony soft! Well done! Ju

  2. I'm doing fine, Ah Nya! :) Thanks for the Diwali wishes and your encouraging words! Feeling good now :D

  3. I hope your Diwali was joyful :) Garbanzo meal is a great idea...I'll have to grind some up. How crazy that you can sub flax seeds for eggs!! I never would have thought it would work...but everything looks fabulous :D