Ara Kassabian is one of my go-to people for certain Armenian recipes. A few years ago, he shared several Lenten- appropriate recipes with The Armenian Kitchen in the comment section of another post. Since readers might not have seen it, I’m presenting his family’s Kheyma recipe as a Reader Feature. I have already posted Ara’s Turluh (tourlou) recipe, which is really delicious. Kheyma isn’t just for Lent; it can be served any time of the year.
|Kheyma – Ourfatsi-style|
In reference to Kheyma Ara stated, “This is a recipe that
comes from my aunt’s sister-in-law (Digin Arshalouys). My aunt married into a
family of Ourfatsis and this recipe is from that region. I am reproducing the
recipe as I received it from my mom.”
– Ourfatsi Style
4 to 6
chickpeas, drained, BUT save the liquid – and – reserve 2 Tbsp. chickpeas for garnish
(NOTE: It’s best to remove and discard any loose skins from the chickpeas before proceeding with Step #1. It’s tedious, but worth it!)
a little more) #1 (fine) bulgur (available in Middle Eastern stores and some specialty grocers)
cumin, to taste, optional
2 cloves garlic, minced, optional
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
paste mixed with the tomato sauce (optional)
of tahini (sesame seed paste) mixed with a little water.
onions (scallions), finely chopped
Italian flat-leaf Parsley, finely chopped
|Draining chickpeas; saving its liquid for Step #1|
|Chickpeas mashed with fork|
1. In a medium sized bowl, mashed the chickpeas with the back of a spoon or fork, leaving it fairly
coarse. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, add the chickpea liquid from the can. Add the bulgur and stir until it is combined with the liquid.
Set bowl aside until the bulgur softens, about 15 minutes.
paste (if using). Mix them until well-combined.
Add lemon juice, tahini, onion, green onion, and parsley. Add more lemon juice or
water if it is too thick. Adjust seasonings, if necessary.
reserved chickpeas, minced parsley, and red pepper slices.
Serve with Romaine lettuce leaves, fresh grape vine leaves (in season), red pepper slices, crackers, or just put some in a bowl and eat with a spoon!