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Chickpeas and Fennel With Rice

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“Subtle and fresh, this has a gentle but memorable flavour. Contains lots of fibre and vitamin C. It is hearty but not heavy. And it's easy! The cooking time includes the time for soaking rice, so if you do not prepare it this way, you can save some time.”
READY IN:
30mins
SERVES:
2
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Soak rice in pot for ten minutes in enough water to cover. When ten minutes are up, rinse the rice and add 1 cup fresh water. Cover and bring to a boil, then set on low heat to simmer for 8-9 minutes.
  2. While rice cooks, chop fennel bulb and put in pan with olive oil. Cook on medium heat until fennel begins to soften.
  3. Add chopped garlic, chickpeas, salt and pepper.
  4. When rice is finished cooking, turn off burner under rice and leave, covered, for ten minutes more (makes it fluffy).
  5. Add garam masala to chickpeas and fennel for remaining five minutes of cooking, while the rice is sitting, and add fresh fennel tops (the feathery parts) near the end of cooking (just to warm them up).
  6. Serve side by side on big plates, and enjoy!

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