Gluten-free Moroccan street food: soft chickpeas "Taib we Hari"

Taib we hari is a very common street food nibble which happens to be gluten-free and light. Well, unless you ask the seller to fill a half-baguette with it along with some salad, then you are looking for a meal.

Taib we hari is an interesting name which means "cooked to softness" and that's what is it about: cooking the chickpeas to a soft state so you can break it between two fingers without effort. It's then spiced with simple Moroccan flavours: cumin and soudaniya (chili powder).  It's an easy straight-forward recipe and nothing is complicated about it.

A street seller of taib we hari
The chickpeas version is rather more famous than the dried fava beans version.


This is the stantard version sold accross Morocco but families tend to add their own twists of herbs of spices. I prefer the simple version mentioned above and this is the one I'm about to post.

Don't be tempted to use tinned chickpeas. When cooked from scatch, they taste nothing like the thinned ones. It's the same logic for a proper homemade hummus. The result will be very rewarding.



Ingredients
Serves 4
Prep: 5 min - cooking : 45 min approx
  • 1 cup of dried chickpeas, presoaked in water overnight
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda or baking powder (optional)
  • 1 l of water
Seasoning after cooking (season generously)
  • Salt
  • Hot chili powder
  • Ground cumin

Taib we hari, lightly seasoned to my taste


Preparation

We usually use a pressure cooker for this recipe but you can use a deep cooking pot with a lid and adjust the cooking time.

Cook the presoaked and washed chickpeas in water, salt and baking soda (you can omit the last ingredient if you are not in a hurry). Keep the pot covered and adjust water level to cover the chickpeas as long as they're not tender yet.

The spice mix for seasoning


Once the chickpeas are soft, drain and season to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature within the next hours.





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