Jan62 day 28. More chickpeas, more cabbage.Posted: January 28, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: besan, chickpeas, eggless, garbanzo beans, gluten-free, pudla, quiche, red cabbage, red onion, soca, Vegan, vegetarian 4 Comments
There are still plenty of chickpeas in the 5kg sack I bought back in December, so I’ve been keeping a look out for interesting recipes to use them in. One that continuously cropped up was for something called Burmese tofu, while many more people raved about pudla (kinda Spanish omelette made from chickpea flour with veg in the batter from what I can make out), and then I saw a few recipes combining those into a quiche, notably The Gourmet Vegan’s vegetable quiche which is based on the I-40 kitchen’s quiche idea, which also gives a recipe for the tofu. In the comments on that post, Hilda from Triumph of the Lentil commented that she had been experimenting and reduced the timescale of the original tofu recipe, and since I’m all for less hassle and more delicious food as quickly as possible I decided to try her method, divided in half to make the straight tofu and also a crustless quiche type affair. I made the process even simpler by just combining whole chickpeas with about half the water in my Vitamix, whizzing them on high speed until there was a smooth batter then pouring that straight into the remaining water once it was at a boil.
For the quiche, I chopped up about three red onions and sautéed them with a pinch of Herbamare in a little olive oil until soft, then added that to the remaining chickpea mix after pouring out the plain portion once it had got thick and cooked through. I threw in a pinch of kala namak salt for a whiff of egg (although I was actually never a fan of the egg taste. I bought a huge bag of this salt though, so am trying it out in a few things), then poured the mix into a baking dish I’d greased with a bit of olive oil and smoothed a dribble more oil over the top, then baked it in a medium-hot oven until the top was starting to brown.
I tried some of that warm and thought it very reminiscent of onion quiche of yore (though it’s got to be 17 years or more since I last had eggy quiche, so who knows how accurate my taste recollection is?), but not interesting enough to eat a whole pan of as is, probably mainly because I’d undersalted it, so treated the quiche as a tofu-like/polenta-ish substance as well for my lunch today, sprinkling with salt and pepper, pan-frying in olive oil and serving with the last of the red cabbage which was lightly cooked with half a carrot and a splash of balsamic and just enough water to stop it scorching.
As noted on Triumph of the Lentil, don’t expect this to have the same texture as tofu, although I think the longer process does produce a slightly silkier product. However, this is a tasty protein-rich food which I can see having a lot of applications.
For the remaining three days of the challenge I still have just over £4 left. The cabbage is gone now, so I’m going to see what’s cheap at the market tomorrow. I’ve also got no washing powder left, and am running out of clean socks. I hope I can get some greens and laundry supplies with the remaining funds!
I’ve had to dip into my savings to balance out the books for the coming months, so well done you for sticking with your budget! Have you posted already about how you became a vegan? I would like to read a post on that 🙂
I think you’ve probably got a more interesting social life than me! It’s been fairly easy not to spend money as I’ve hardly done anything or gone anywhere!
I haven’t said how I went vegan as it’s not very interesting. I was 21 with access to the internet for the first time (1996-7, and it was exciting to suddenly be able to connect with veggies all over the world, made it seem less minority) already vegetarian (my mum had said yes when I wanted to switch, aged about 7). Vegan seemed the next logical step, I just thought I’d trial it for a month or two, see if I could do it. Turns out I could! 🙂
This is a really creative use of chickpeas! I have a big bag of kala namak too so I hear you on trying to find ways to use it 🙂 Good luck in the last 3 days–home stretch!
Thank you! I am slowly but surely coming to appreciate how versatile chickpeas can be.