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Friday, August 20, 2010

indian chickpea treat bento

Hey, happy Friday! Today's bento was a chance to sample an interesting Indian entree we found in the freezer section of Spice Depot, a cool Indian grocery in our area. The golden square is a chickpea cake (surti khaman) has a soft, spongy texture and a mild, inviting chickpea flavor sparked with green chilies and spices. Turmeric-yogurt chutney adds an extra savory dimension.

Baby greens, golden tomatoes, purple pepper and zingy peppermint also for lunch. Up top, a layer of dried coconut curls cushion ripe plums...and new carved elephant pal:
Happy and relaxing weekend, all!

11 comments:

Anncoo said...

What a lovely post, so cute especially the 3rd picture.
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Lia Chen said...

I love the close up picture for your bento. It shows how beautiful your bento is. Always so much spices in Indian food. My favorite is cheese naan :)

bentobird said...

Hi Anncoo, thanks for stopping by with these sweet comments...I'm eager to visit your new site!

bentobird said...

Awww, thanks Lia! Cheese naan is so good, that gives me an idea for another bento :D

Lexi said...

Love the little elephant, and the contented cat - and of course the yummy bento!! :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lexi, she really does look contented in that wonderfully feline way, thanks for visiting!

tofugirl said...

Ooh, I love that elephant! That chickpea cake sounds delicious (I love chickpeas in all forms)--I will have to keep an eye out for that! Have a wonderful week :)

bentobird said...

Hi Carol, thanks--I love how he's carrying a little red rose in his mouth! Hope you can find this really tasty chickpea snack in the freezer of your local Indian market, it was so good. Have a wonderful week too!

Susan Yuen said...

So pretty and I am in love with those purple peppers!

bentobird said...

Thanks Susan dear!

Lyndsey said...

What a beautiful bento, I adore Indian treats and try to make as many as I can!

The carved elephant is gorgeous!