Last Saturday our friends welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world and everyone, (especially the two big sisters of this sweet, lucky little boy) is ecstatic. In my family, it is traditional to serve chickpeas to celebrate the birth of a newborn child. The dish is called nahit.
2 cups cooked chickpeas (canned or fresh)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
Empty the chickpeas into a strainer, rinse well, and set aside. In a small frying pan, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat, and add the chickpeas just as the oil begins to sizzle. Shake the pan intermittently, until all the water has evaporated and the chickpeas are barely dry to touch. Turn off the heat, add the spices, and continue to shake the pan until the chickpeas are well coated. Empty into a serving bowl, and allow to cool. Serve at room temperature. Add to a table filled with other yummy things to eat!