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Chickpeas with Bitter Oranges

Even though Greeks don’t usually use oranges in the traditional cuisine, this chickpeas with bitter oranges comes as a culinary delightful contradiction. Follow its steps and then discover Greece through these tasteful ingredients.

The country of ouzo and metaxa, Greece, has always something to say when it comes to incredible, Mediterranean recipes. Famous for a rather healthy cuisine, Greece never ceases to amaze with its cultural background, its refined recipes, the amazing landscapes and god-humor. Greece’s culinary attributes are undeniable, as it’s the proud owner of numerous recipes which will make anyone’s mouth wash. This is the country of olive oil and tzatziki sauce, of pasteli (candy bar with sesame seeds baked with honey) and the famous Greek salad we all love to eat now and then.

As said before, Greeks don’t usually use oranges as a true ingredient in their recipes; they are rarely cooked in Greece. Oranges are though used when making marmalade out of them, or when orange juice or peels are necessary when making sweets. On the other hand, olive oil is one of Greece’s signature ingredients, as people consume it in large quantities.

Most of the Greek recipes include olive oil in topping salads, for frying and in many other ways.

In order to prepare the chick peas with bitter oranges recipe, also called Pihti revithada me neratzi by the Greeks, you’ll need the following:

  • 500 grams of chickpeas, unpeeled
  • 2 bitter oranges
  • olive oil
  • 1 or 2 tsp of flour
  • salt

  • Before starting the actual cooking, you need to soak the chickpeas into salted water with a day before, and leave it over night to marinate. The next day, rinse them and then boil them into salted water. In about two hours, there should be left little water. It’s now time to get to the second step of this recipe: preparing the mixture.

    The mixture includes the juice squeezed from the two bitter oranges and the flour. Put them into a deep bowl and mix them, stirring strongly to make a pulp. If you feel like the consistency too heavy, pour extra water in the mixture, in order to properly dissolve the flour. When ready, add the remaining juice after the boiling of the chickpeas and mix well with the bitter orange pulp. Pour the bowl mixture into a sauce pan, garnish with olive oil and let the chick peas simmer for 5 minutes.
    It serves for 4 persons.

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