If you are using canned chickpeas, you are ready to get started.
Make the chickpeas and greens
Open up your can of chickpeas. Drain off the juice, and rinse with cold water. Wash and chop your greens, and squeeze your fresh lemons. Get out the black mustards seeds, coriander powder, and turmeric powder.
Heat oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds and sauté until half of them begin to pop. Add the coriander and turmeric and stir well in the oil for about 20 seconds to release the flavor and aroma of the spices.
Immediately add the chickpeas and stir. Add the lemon juice, sea salt, and sesame seeds, and mix well. Simmer for about 3–5 minutes on medium heat.
Place the prepared greens on top of the chickpeas with a ¼ cup of water and cook, covered, for 2–3 minutes. Stir to incorporate the greens and continue to cook another 5 minutes. Continue cooking until the greens are soft and fully cooked.
Stir in the optional chopped coriander just before serving.
For a complete meal, enjoy Chickpeas and Greens with a side of hot basmati rice.
Your choice of greens: Almost any type of greens will do for this dish, so harvest whatever is ready in your garden, or use up what’s in the fridge. Feel free to mix different types of greens together for a variety of flavor, color, and texture.Kale, collards, mustard greens, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, radish greens, beet greens, fresh snap peas, snow peas, zucchini, and spinach all work beautifully.The dish can handle a little bitter, so one suggestion is to combine the bitter dandelion or radish greens with a sweeter green, such as spinach. Black or brown mustard seeds are ubiquitous in South Indian cooking. They have a pungent and nutty flavor, much more so than the yellow mustard seeds commonly used in the West.If you do not have black mustard seeds, you can consider using cumin seeds if you have them. Otherwise, just leave them out.Turmeric, a bright orange root that looks like ginger, is commonly used in its powdered form for Indian cuisine. Its taste is mild, and complements most other flavors. Turmeric is essential, and easy to find in any grocery store. If you don’t have it, please buy it. It is used in almost every recipe.Coriander powder is commonly used in Indian cuisine. Its taste is sweet and a little earthy.The powder is commonly available in grocery stores. I encourage you to invest in this spice as there is really no substitute.For more information, see my complete Guide to Indian Ingredient Substitutions.
OTHER SPICE OPTIONS
Instead of the Indian spices listed above, you could substitute with garlic and thyme or with Za'atar. Be creative and enjoy it.