Fattah with Chickpeas

Fattah with Chickpeas
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Fattah/ Fatteh is the perfect dish for sharing, especially through the summer, when outdoor feasts and good company are enjoyed. It's is a common dish throughout the arab world, not this specific one, but it essentially means a dish that has a bread base, torn bread at that. It has different names and components wherever you go, but it's always a perfect mish-mash of things teamed with torn bread, whether it be toasted or soft. There's always one thing they have in common, they're eaten together, dived into by whomever you're serving and devoured because they're always delicious. Fattah is always food for an occasion. 

This recipe is a take on a Lebanese fattah (I spell it fattah not fatteh because that's now we say it in my house and I can't bring myself to do otherwise). It's got chickpeas, crunchy toasted bread and the most luxurious yoghurt sauce, topped with little pomegranate rubies, the true crowning glory.

Ingredients

  • 5 wholemeal pittas 
  • 500g yoghurt (I use coconut & soya) 
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans chickpeas 
  • 100g nuts (I use pine nuts and cashews)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Handful parsley
  • pomegranate  seeds
  • salt & pepper

Method 

  1. Tear the pitta bread into bitesize pieces (about and inch wide) 
  2. Drizzle with olive oil, toss, and bake at 200ºC Fan/ 220ºC/Gas Mark 5, for 10 mins, or until golden 
  3. Rinse the chickpeas and cook on a medium heat, with a little water, for 10-15 mins
  4. Whilst the bread is in the oven and the chickpeas are heating, add the garlic cloves (pressed) and 3/4Tbsp salt to the yoghurt and give it a good mix
  5. Add the nuts to a pan with 1/3 cup olive oil and cook until golden (takes about 10 mins, but careful not to burnt them!) then transfer to a bowl
  6. Once the chickpeas are cooked, drain the excess water, then sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and mix
  7. Time to layer! In a large serving dish, put a layer of chickpeas, then bread, then yoghurt, then repeat once/twice (depending on the size of your dish) in that order
  8. Pour over the nuts with the oil, then sprinkle with chopped parsley and pommegranate seeds

Enjoy!