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Vij’s Chickpeas

 18 oz cans of chickpeas
 oil for the pan
 1 medium onion
 6 diced garlic cloves
 12 diced dates
 1 ½ tbsp roughly chopped tomato paste
 2 pods black cardamom
 23 whole star anise
 ½ cup water
 1 tsp ground salt

Begin by prepping your spice mix: onions, garlic, ground black cardamoms, and star anise.


Generously cover the bottom of your cooking vessel with oil, and lightly fry the onions and garlic.


As they cook, add tomato paste, black cardamom, salt and star anise until you achieve a thick paste and a fragrance of the toasted spices.


Add the 1/2 cup of water to desired consistency and the chickpeas; simmer for 10-12 minutes.