Fragrant Chickpeas with Dates Fragrant Chickpeas with Dates

Author: Canadian Living

As part of a buffet at Eid-ul-Fitr, this dish is also made with other dried fruits, such as apricots, raisins and figs.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2005



In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; fry onion, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, about 8 minutes.

Add chickpeas and half of the lemon rind; fry until chickpeas begin to colour, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes and dates; simmer until softened and hot, about 5 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate, uncovered, until cold. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat over medium heat.)

Stir lemon juice into chickpea mixture. Spoon onto platter; sprinkle with remaining lemon rind.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 470 mg
  • Protein 8 g
  • Calories 308.0
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 58 g


  • Iron 18.0
  • Folate 42.0
  • Calcium 6.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 27.0
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Fragrant Chickpeas with Dates