August 21, 2012

Cones With Roasted Chickpeas

August 21, 2012
A straight forward recipe, for a change, I was thinking while making cranberry milk fudge a friend of mine, Ratirupa, used to serve over 20 years ago as her “trademark”. I haven’t had it since. In the meanwhile, I moved abroad for a decade and she got a stroke that partially paralysed her. Although she is doing great, considering the physical challenge and the fact she is over 70-years old, she doesn’t make the sweet anymore.
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I tried to re-create it by my taste-memory but was unsuccessful! Either I’m under a spell (lately nothing seems to come out as supposed to in my kitchen) or the sweet tasted better at another time, place and circumstance. The sticky combination of sugary milk and sour berries was a culinary highlight during my early years in an ashram. I still remember even the tiniest details about Ratirupa's visits which ensured her inspiring association and trays of fudge that lightened up the austerities we were performing.
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Since the recipe had lost its’ glamour, I concluded not to post it. Instead, I started to develop a cheat puff pastry! Needless to say, what a doomed idea! Puff pastry is a labour of love because it is buttered, folded and refrigerated painstakingly many times. Even blitz or rough puff pastry shortcut requires rather a long procedure. It took me a dozen of pear filled hand-pies to notice I had gone astray somewhere in the borderland between phyllo and butter pastry. It wasn’t a bad destination though! As a matter fact, I returned with a recipe for cones!
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During the past week I’ve made cones from refined wheat, unbleached spelt, wholegrain spelt and their combinations. Some of them were paper-thin, others were cookie-like and, yes, there were also flaky and buttery ones! The texture depends on flour and the thickness of dough. The cones go either with a sweet or savoury filling. Both ways, they are fun!
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Chickpeas are a good source of zinc, folate and protein. They are high in dietary fibre and a healthy source of carbohydrates. However, they may cause indigestion, like gas or headache, for those with a slower metabolism. I find them easier to digest when soaked, boiled and roasted. Crunchy and absorbed with piquant spices, they make a delicious snack. In fact, if they weren’t so filling, it would be impossible to stop munching them!
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Among other things, I served the cones with a salad made of cucumber, fava beans and roasted chickpeas with a yogurt dressing. Next I will try them with vegetarian kofta!
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How would you fill the cones?
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Thank you.

26 comments:

  1. Too bad that you couldn't recreate the fudge, but it's awfully sweet that you tried. It sounds like you've had s frustrating time in the kitchen lately. At least, I would find it frustrating. But I'm happy you succeeded with this cones! They look delicious and beautiful. I would fill mine with some homemade frozen yogurt. And lots of berries!

    And love the new header! Lovely. :)

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  2. Love the cones and the roasted chickpeas!! I will use my cone for gulkand shrikhand!! OooH!! Lovely post..try those fudges though..would love to know abt it.

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  3. Wow..I won't mind munching on just the plain cones..but would love to fill them with flavored Srikhand and nuts. Beautiful mess out there...

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  4. Love the look of the cone with fava beans and chickpeas with that yoghurt dressing!

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  5. Roasted chickpeas are a favorite in our house, and this cone idea is so clever!

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  6. A fantastic idea! those cones look delicious and I really like your filling.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  7. doomed idea! I LOVE the idea of the cone. I doubt if I can make it that perfectly shaped but I wanna give it a try for dure!

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  8. Love you perfect little cones. I can see myself eating them just as they are! :)
    Have to try them out I think.........

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  9. Hmmmm, so many variations, so little cones, lol. What a great recipe for parties, kids, snacks...I would love to eat a savory cone filled with spicy shrimp & scallops or a dessert cone filled with pastry cream & fresh fruit! Thank you for sharing such a great recipe Lakshmi!

    Best wishes,

    Sheri
    www.pompanobeachgardening.blogspot.com
    www.createdecorateandinnovate.blogspot.com

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  10. Ihania! Kikherneet on niin hyviä!

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  12. it looks delicious!
    everything will fit to so nicely-looking cones, I think.
    about alu kofta - recently I made it for the first time, came forth delicious, just a pity that didn't taste my daughter.
    I really value chickpeas, especially because I'm also a vegetarian.
    Greetings!

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  13. All the scones looks fantastic! I would fill my scone with fruits, raspberries and peaches...:)

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  14. Lakshmi, again- I'm so enchanted by your creativity and presentation! I love roasted chickpeas and should make them more often. The cones are a wonderful idea-- its sort of like a dosa meets an ice-cream cone... with lots of savory (and sweet) possibilities!

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  15. lovely- the cone idea is a cracker- will try it out; thanks lakshmi for sharing

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  16. Yum! I love roasted chickpea, this counes sounds great for me :D

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  17. Lakshmi, love your idea of making cones with pastry dough.

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  18. Unusual and what a nice idea!

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  19. This looks like a great snack!

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  20. Beautiful cones. I love the versatile nature of the cones and how they could be filled up with a savoury snack or sweet treat!

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  22. I cannot imagine how the fudge would have tasted. Hmmmm..

    The cone is such a fun idea and an edible serving bowl. So many things can be served in these!! and so much for a party and for kids too.. I see one kid already having fun, in the picture :D and I can totally see my little one doing the same. You have done the cones so very perfectly Lakshmi. I want to try this one out, but I have the fear that I would not be able to make them.Love chickpeas in any form.. the mess the drip.. so pretty and appetizing!

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    1. The cones are great for kids! Even the bigger ones :-)

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  23. Love your recipes, but the photos are wonderful!

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  24. It made me think the recipe is like a rocky road ice cream, full of roasted chickpeas. It is like i am eating a crunchy ice cream. I love the way how you do it.

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    1. Thanks David! The cones are one of those things that make imagination fly. They are entertaining.

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