Mount Athos Chick Peas and Aubergines

Winter is here and the cost of living in the UK is rising rapidly, so it’s time to find some cheap but filling and tasty recipes that are suitable for these colder days. I have been fascinated by the monks of Mount Athos and their way of life, to me they live a remote but idyllic life, praising God and living off the land, and eating healthy, nutritious meals. They are great chefs and feed pilgrims and monks every day with fruits and vegetables that they have grown under the Mediterranean sun. This recipe is taken from their website and there are many others that you might want to investigate.

Ingredients
½ kilo of chickpeas (dried)
3 x grated onions
1 x cup of oil
1.5 x cup of grated tomato (or crushed tomatoes from a tin)
Salt, pepper
4 x aubergines
1 x cup of flour
Oil suitable for frying

Method
Soak the chickpeas in a bowl of cold water overnight (make sure they are in plenty of water as they will expand).
Sauté the grated onions in the oil and add the tomato, salt, and pepper.
Then, add the drained chickpeas and enough water to cover them and let them simmer.
Cut the aubergines into slices. Mix them with flour and then gently fry them in batches.
Put the fried aubergines in the chickpeas and tomatoes a few minutes before it is cooked so that they will boil together for a while and the flavors will combine.

Although simple, this is a lovely recipe and you can always add some additional herbs if you wish and this dish is lovely served with rice and a salad.

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