Monday, November 12, 2012

Chickpea Shawarma

This recipe is from Vegan Sandwiches Save The Day by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen.

Recipe: see page 131 of Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day.
Welcome to week four of the six-week Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day Blog Tour. This is a new cookbook from Tamasin Noyes (American Vegan Kitchen) and Celine Steen (Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites).

This week I will be making some of the sandwiches from the book and sharing my thoughts and photos. I will be doing one sandwich a day from today until Saturday. I won't be doing a contest (sorry!), and I won't be sharing any of the actual recipes from the book (again, sorry). But please check out some of the previous and upcoming stops on the tour if you are interested in those, as well as reviews and interviews with the authors.

This sandwich sounded interesting to me, and it was one of the few ones from the book where I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, including the nondairy yogurt, which I never have, and which was in the fridge and pushing the expiration date. So I made this sandwich with a sense of urgency.

This was relatively quick to prepare, which is good, because some of the other recipes in the book are a little intimidating to me in terms of prep time. Being a fan of comics, I'd really love to make the Dagwood Special sandwich (named for the elaborate super-tall sandwich creation made by the character Dagwood in the comic strip Blondie), but it requires two different types of homemade seitan, and a tempeh bacon recipe that has to marinate overnight.

Usually I end up trying to figure out what to make for a meal about 10 minutes after I become hungry. So that kind of long-term meal planning hasn't really been part of my process.  I really want to make the Dagwood and will eventually, but I was relieved to find a recipe I could make on short notice, with ingredients I already had on hand.

I thought this was really tasty. It wasn't like anything I've ever had before, and I mean that in a good way. It's Indian-inspired and has got a little bit of heat from the curry powder and is tangy from the nondairy yogurt and lemon. The chickpeas get cooked in a mixture that gives them a thick pasty coating. That could have been a meal in itself.

The coated chickpeas get assembled on the sandwich along with some shredded lettuce, tomato,  parsley and a tahini dressing that is really outstanding. This is going to be my standard go-to recipe for tahini dressing from now on. It's creamy and tangy and lemony and has a little bit of zing from the garlic and red onion.

This is a vegan sandwich with very intense flavors. I love it.

Tomorrow I am going to make Welsh Rarebit from Vegan Sandwiches Save The Day. I have no idea what that is, but it recalls another old comic strip. Winsor McCay was an American newspaper cartoonist in the early 1900's, and one of his most famous comic strips was called Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. The storyline consisted of characters who, after dining on rarebit, would fall asleep and have bizarre dreams and nightmares. And then, in the last panel, they'd awaken and regret they'd eaten rarebit.

Mmmmm. And now there's a vegan version. I've got to try this.

See you tomorrow for Welsh Rarebit.

(for chickpeas) medium curry powder, chickpeas, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, unsweetened plain nondairy yogurt, olive oil, garlic, onion powder.

(for dressing) tahini, unsweetened plain nondairy yogurt, water, lemon juice, olive oil, red onion, garlic, salt, pepper.

(for sandwiches) shredded lettuce, pita bread, tomatoes, fresh parsley, lemon wedges.