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The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen’s One-pot Chickpeas with Carrots, Dates and Marinated Feta

by The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Team, Yotam Ottolenghi, Noor Murad from Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things

This warming one-pot dish features spiced chickpeas and carrots baked into a rich sauce. Finish with a quick lemon and parsley-marinated feta to add a touch of creamy freshness.

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Yotam Ottolenghi, Noor Murad, The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Team


Our last OTK book, Shelf Love, dedicated a whole chapter to one-pot cooking, but it doesn’t stop there: we are constantly on the lookout for throw-it-in-a-pot meals. The ingredients all get to hang out together and be merry, optimising their tasty potential while also saving on the washing-up. Soaking the chickpeas is necessary to achieve the right degree of cooking, so be sure to plan ahead. Swap out the feta for a non-dairy alternative to give you a completely vegan meal.

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300g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in plenty of cold water with 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped (150g)
6 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
25g fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1 large green chilli, roughly chopped, seeds and all (15g)
15g fresh coriander, roughly chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1½ tsp ground cumin
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 Medjool dates (45g) skinned, pitted and roughly chopped (40g)
1 tbsp tomato paste
4 (500g) carrots, peeled and cute at an angle into 2-3 large chunks (450g)
2 fresh bay leaves
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp lemon juice
5g parsley, roughly chopped
salt and black pepper
For the marinated feta:
150g Greek feta, roughly crumbled
1 tsp caraway seeds, toasted and roughly crushed with a pestle and mortar
1½ tsp finely grated lemon zest
5g parsley, roughly chopped
75ml olive oil

Essential kit

You will need: a food processor.


Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Soaking time: 12 to 24 hours

Preheat the oven to 160°C fan. Drain the chickpeas from their liquid and set aside.

Put the onion, garlic, ginger and green chilli into a food processor and pulse a few times until very finely chopped but not puréed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the coriander and pulse a couple of times more, to mix through.

Heat the oil in a large, ovenproof cast-iron pan, for which you have a lid, on a medium-high heat. Add the onion mixture and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the cumin, cinnamon, dates and tomato paste and cook for a minute more, or until fragrant. Add the drained chickpeas, carrots, bay leaves, ¼ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, 1¾ teaspoons of salt, 1.2 litres of water and a good grind of black pepper and bring to the boil, skimming the scum from the surface as needed. Cover with the lid and bake in the oven for 2 hours, or until the chickpeas are completely softened and the sauce has become thick and rich. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley and leave to cool for about 10 minutes.

While the chickpeas are cooking, make the marinated feta by mixing all the ingredients together in a small bowl and setting aside for the flavours to infuse.

Divide the chickpea mixture between 4–6 bowls and top each with some of the feta, serving any extra alongside.

Marinated feta:

– Make the feta sans parsley, seal it off with more oil, and keep it in a sterilised jar in the fridge for up to a week.

– Spoon it over salads or soups, or serve with the sweet ’n’ sour peppers (p. 118 of Extra Good Things).

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From the book: Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things

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