Vegan Gondi (Chickpea Dumpling Stew)by Elena Dyulgerova
Vegan Gondi, Chickpea Dumpling Stew, is a Persian-Jewish Shabbat hors d’oeuvres. It is typically made with chicken, however, it has been veganized using ground cauliflower and chickpea flour. It can be served alone as a stew or along with basmati rice.
6 cups vegetable stock
1 pound cauliflower
6 ounces /170 grams chickpea flour / gram flour
1 yellow onion, grated or finely chopped
1 yellow onion, peeled and quartered
1/4 cup / 58 milliliters avocado oil
16 ounces /400 grams canned/tinned chickpeas, rinsed
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric + extra for the dumplings
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for the dumplings
Fresh cracked black pepper
Fresh herbs for garnish, optional
- Bring 6 cups veg stock to a boil, then lower to a simmer.
- Add the cauliflower florets, cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp turmeric, bay leaves, and quartered onion.
- Let it simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove the cooked cauliflower, and add it to a bowl. Discard the bay leaves.
- Mash the softened cauliflower, then add the grated onion, 1/4 tsp of turmeric, 1/4 cup oil, ground cumin, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp of salt, and chickpea powder.
- Mix thoroughly without over-mixing. The mixture should be soft and sticky. Spoon the mixture into balls, and drop them onto the stock.
- Add the chickpeas to the broth. Bring to boil. Then lower the heat. Simmer 15-20 minutes. Garnish with your favorite herbs (optional).