Sunday, December 23, 2012

How to jazz up نخي الخباز (translation: chickpeas from your neighborhood bakery)

Some things never change.  No matter how many exotic cuisines there are in Bahrain, sometimes all you crave is a simple traditional Bahraini dinner consisting of hot khubiz khabbaz (baker's bread) and cheese with a side of nikhee (chickpeas); and chay 7aleeb of course.

The nikhee served by the khabbaz is pretty good as it is - served so hot it can actually burn your lap.  But sometimes you want to add a bit of your favorite flavor or spice and make it your own.

And that's what I did.

For this 'creation', you will need:
(Serves 2)
200 fils worth of chickpeas
100 fils of khubiz
3 tomatoes, chopped
A bunch of parsley (or coriander if you like a stronger flavor), chopped
Juice of 3 lemons
Cumin, chili powder, salt
If you want to make it liquidy so that it's more of a soup, then add a bit of water as you are cooking.

It's pretty easy to assemble really.

First: Drain the chickpeas real well - the water from the tomatoes will compensate.
Make sure you remove the lil red chilis as they are super hot.

Spot the chili

Next: Place chickpeas in a saucepan on medium heat.  Add tomatoes and parsley.  Stir and let vegetables marry.

Third: Sprinkle in the spices as the vegetables, umm, marry. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

And finally: Add the lemon right before serving and stir.  (Hint: Cooking lemon will make it bitter).  Serve with khubiz.

Delicious and healthy dinner prepared in 15 minutes.  I like.

Not blog-worthy



  1. Nothing beats the classics!
    The first picture is SO blog worthy as well .. Very homey ;)

    I like what you did with the ni5y.. great idea!

    1. It's not sophisticated (yazaz3am) like the others :) Thanks though for the encouragement - you're my #1 fan :')