Chickpeas with Chilli, Coriander, Lemon and Red Onion

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Are chickpeas everyone’s favourite pulse, or just the one they are most familiar and comfortable with? Do you stock up to make the nations favourite dip, hummus? Or do you make curry, soup or add them to a salad? The chickpea is indispensable, especially now when some days, despite all the time, we require something quick and nourishing with little effort but lots of flavour. This is a plate of sunshine. 

Use tinned chickpeas, or home-cooked. Whatever you have. Take the sharp edge of the red onion by letting it sit in the lemon juice for 10 minutes before dressing the chickpeas. Use whatever herbs you have, basil, oregano, parsley would all work very well too. Lime juice would be lovely here but if you have no fresh citrus, use vinegar (any except malt vinegar which would be too harsh). Taste as you go, and enjoy the results. 

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Chickpeas with Chilli, Coriander, Lemon and Red Onion
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Chickpeas with Chilli, Coriander, Lemon and Red Onion


  • *serves one happily - multiply as appropriate
  • 1 x tin chickpeas, drained or 250g home cooked chickpeas
  • 1 lemon
  • half a small red onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Korean red pepper / gochugaru, or chilli of your choice, adjusted in terms of heat
  • fresh coriander - there are really no limits here and if you hate coriander, use basil, oregano or flat leaf parsley
  • sea salt


  • Zest the lemon first using a grater or zester. Then squeeze the juice and pour over the sliced red onion. Leave to sit for 10 minutes and let the onion mellow.
  • Add the onion and lemon to the chickpeas and dress with the chilli and coriander (or herb of your choice). Season to taste with sea salt and you are done.
  • Simple! And delicious.




    Written by Niamh
    Cooking and travelling, and sharing it all with you.