Garbanzo beans with tomatoes and onions is a simple yet delicious tapas dish.
It is hard to believe that this funny little legume packs such a flavor and nutritional punch. As the saying goes, appearances can be deceiving. Legumes, because of their rich nutritional content are key to maintaining a healthy body. One cup alone gives you 27% of your daily protein requirements. Not too shabby!! Another great attribute about garbanzo beans is that they do not loose their nutritional value when canned as many vegetables do.
Garbanzo beans feature greatly in the cuisine of North Africa, Greece, Spain, Italy, India and the Middle East. They are used to top salads, make soups, stews and side dishes. This legume is extremely versatile in its uses. It is inexpensive and easily accessible. Garbanzo beans are also gluten free. As a matter of fact, dry chickpeas can be ground into flour to suit those individuals on a gluten free diet. I have successfully used garbanzo bean flour as a binder for meatballs. I will definitely be posting more garbanzo bean recipes on my blog.
Garbanzo Beans with Tomatoes and Onions is an incredibly simple tapa that doesn’t require many ingredients. They key to achieving perfection in this dish is to make sure the onions cook down so their sweetness can be brought out. This tapas dish can be eaten hot or cold, although I much prefer it hot. At home I serve it on thin slices of toasted baguette. This recipe has been adapted from Penelope Casa’s excellent book; Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain
And now, I get to bore or acquaint you with some interesting historical tidbits. Garbanzo beans are one of the earliest legumes cultivated. Archaeological remains dating back 7500 years have been found. Garbanzo beans are thought to have originated in the Middle East, then later became popular with the Egyptians, Greeks and the Romans.
Garbanzo Beans with Tomatoes and Onions
Here is a simple recipe for a classic and authentic Spanish chickpeas tapas dish. Garbanzo con cebolla y tomate has simple delicate flavors and is truly a delicious and easy tapas dish to make. You will love the creamy texture of the cooked garbanzo beans.
Serve on toasted sliced baguette.
- Drain the garbanzo beans and rinse.
- Place the garbanzo beans in a pan with enough water to cover. Add sliced onion, garlic and bay leaf and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Drain and discard bay leaf, onion slice and garlic.
- In a skillet, saute the chopped onion until soft, add the tomato, garbanzo beans and cook until tomato is soft.
- Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
- Serve warm with slices of warm toasted baguette.