بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
Algeria is known for its culivation and use of dates, namely the Deglet Nour variety. And it's no secret how fond I am of dates. I try to incorporate them into our daily life as a part of the Sunnah. Dates will find their way into breads, pancakes, cookies, smoothies even nourishing milk for the children. But still somehow these are all on the rather sweet side. I've been trying also to include them in more savoury dishes as well. I found a few ideas around the Internet, for instance this braised chicken with dates from Martha Stewart, this Chickpea stuffed eggplant and this Date Masala from The New York Times. I bookmarked them all, but unforunately forgot all about them so never ended up trying them out.
But I had now twice a chickpea curry at my friend Z's home which I just loved. It was absolutely lovely. Warm, nourishing and slightly spicy vegetarian dish that if perfect for a weekday meal or even when guests arrive. Her curry reminded me the TNYT masala so I went to play around in the kitchen with the recipes and her tips. The result was quite pleasing ... Warm spiced chickpeas coated, almost candied in the luscious date thickened sauce. The dates just melt into the sauce mellowing out the spiciness of the dish. The recipe was quite filling for my family of 6 when I served it with rice and a cooling cucumber salad.
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