Coconut Ginger Rice with Spicy Turkish Roasted Chickpeas & a Garlic Yogurt Drizzle (Gluten Free, Vegan Option)
If you've never had oven roasted chickpeas before, then you are really missing out! With a Turkish spice blend and a dash of olive oil for extra crispiness, these spicy roasted chickpeas are a true delight! While incredibly delicious on their own (they make a great healthy snack), they also make a divine accompaniment to this coconut ginger rice, and are never not delicious with a garlic sauce.
When I threw this little fusion bowl together, I admittedly found myself very pleased with the melding of flavors & textures, and I certainly wasn't complaining about the aesthetics either!
If you are looking to kick things up a notch in the flavor department, and want a fully satisfying, healthy, and beautiful meal, look no further--this delicious dish will transport your taste buds to blissful contentment...
Coconut Ginger Rice w/ Spicy Turkish Roasted Chickpeas & a Garlic Yogurt Drizzle (Gluten Free, Vegan Option)
Coconut Ginger Rice
1 cup brown basmati rice
2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp coconut sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Combine all of the above ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, turn to low & simmer until done (in this case, the rice I used took 40 minutes).
Spicy Turkish Roasted Chickpeas
2 cups chickpeas, cooked (I like Bob's Red Mill garbanzo beans)
2 tbs olive oil
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp freshly ground coriander
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Combine cooked, rinsed, drained chickpeas (that have been patted dry) in a bowl with oil & spices. Toss to coat.
Place chickpeas on a parchment lined cookie sheet & bake for 30 minutes, or until desired crispiness is achieved, giving the pan a shake halfway through.
Garlic Yogurt Drizzle
6 tbs plain Greek yogurt (for vegan option, this dish works great with a coconut milk based yogurt!)
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp salt
Whisk all of the above ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle with a small spoon, or serve as a dipping sauce accompaniment.
Top off your bowl with a sprinkle of dried or fresh cilantro, then dig in!
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