A traditional Persian-Jewish Shabbat hors d’oeuvres that I like to enjoy as a hearty meal. Made from ground chicken and chickpeas, this recipe from my mother holds a sweet spot in my heart.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Jewish, Persian
1 lb. ground chicken or dark meat turkey or beef
4 chicken legs
6 oz. chickpea flour
1 yellow onion grated
1 yellow onion peeled and quartered
1/4 cup flavorless oil like canola, avocado, or sunflower seed
1 tbsp matzo meal panko, or breadcrumbs
16 oz. canned chickpeas rinsed (optional: peeled)
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp Cumin seed
Salt and pepper
fresh herbs for garnish (optional)
Bring 6 cups of water and the chicken legs to boil. As foam builds, skim the top with a slotted spoon.
Lower to simmer. Add the cumin seed, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp turmeric, bay leaves, and quartered onion. Let the chicken simmer ~20 minutes. After 20 minutes discard the bay leaves and quartered onion.
In the meantime, mix the ground poultry, grated onion, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup oil, matzo meal, ground cumin, 1/4 tsp turmeric, salt, pepper, and chickpea powder. Mix thoroughly without over-mixing. The mixture should be soft and elastic.
When the chicken broth is ready, remove the chicken from the pot. Bring the water back to a rolling boil.
Make golf ball size balls from the ground poultry mixture. Add to the boiling broth.
Add the chickpeas to the broth.
Bring to boil. Add the chicken back to the pot. Lower to a simmer.
Simmer 30-40 minutes.
Garnish with your favorite herbs (optional). Noush-ie-jan!
The texture of the ground mixture should be elastic and soft.
Serve with basmati rice or enjoy as a soup.
I prefer using ground dark meat. It has more flavor and fat.
You can freeze the gondi dumplings on a baking sheet. When frozen, transfer to a sealable bag or container. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Calories: 731kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 1345mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 6mg