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Garbanzos and Swiss Chard in the Style of the Tunisian Sahel (Morshan)
From: Lolla

Recipe from:
Mediterranean Cooking, Revised Edition
by Paula Wolfert
Harper collins publishers,
Copyright ©1994 by Paula Wolfert
I first tasted this at Susan Steinsapir's wake.
Kay Hartman brought it and subsequently posted it on rfc.
Just like everything else I've tried from Kay, it was so good, I had to include it in my food page recipe collection.
  • 3/4 pound Swiss chard leaves, stemmed, rinsed and torn into large pieces
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 small dried red chile
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup Basic Cooked Garbanzos, with 3/4 cup cooking liquid
    [I don't know what she means by Basic Cooked Garbanzos - I just cooked some beans, plain, in water]
  • 1 lemon, cut in wedges, optional
1.In pot steam, parboil or microwave chard leaves until tender, about 5 minutes.

2. Set leaves in colander to drain.

3. Squeeze out excess moisture and shred coarsely.

4. Crush garlic in mortar with salt, coriander and chile until thick, crumbly paste forms.

5.Heat olive oil in 10-inch skillet and saute onion until pale-golden.

6.Add garlic paste and tomato paste and stir into oil until sizzling.

7.Add chard, Basic Cooked Garbanzos and cooking liquid and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

8.Remove from heat and let stand until ready to serve.
(Contents of skillet should be very moist but not soupy.
For looser texture, stir in more garbanzo cooking liquid.)

9. Serve warm, at room temperature or cold with lemon wedges.

Makes 4 servings.
[For a main course, I think I could eat a recipe by myself.
I made a triple recipe for the wake and was surprised at how little it was.]

Broccoli rabe, dandelion leaves, mustard greens, kale or turnip tops may be substituted for Swiss chard.
[I used red chard because that was what was in the store.]
Discard any yellow or damaged leaves and cook like chard.
Cooking time will vary.

Each serving contains about: 165 calories; 667 mg sodium; trace cholesterol; 8 grams fat; 10 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 1.74 grams fiber.