Serves: 8-12 Cooking time: 35 minutes Soak chick peas in the cold water for 24 hours, in a cool place if weather is warm. Remove the skins by taking a handful at a time and rubbing with the palms of both hands so that the chick peas actually rub against one another. Drop back into bowl and take up another lot. Skim off the floating skins as they accumulate. (Dang, why not just leave the skins ON, this sounds like too much trouble! -KM) Drain well. Pass the skinned chick peas through food grinder twice, using fine screen. Alternatively, place in food processor container in 2 lots and process to a paste (NOW youre talking! -KM) Peel skin from boiled potatoes and mash finely with a fork. Combine with ground chick peas, add salt and a good grinding of white pepper. Blend thoroughly and keep aside. Put sliced onions in a pan with the water, cover and steam over medium heat for 10 minutes, then remove cover and leave until moisture evaporates. Turn into a bowl and cool. Add allspice, cumin, pine nuts, and currants to the onion. Blend well, then mix in tahina, and salt and pepper to taste. Take 4 pieces of unbleached calico or similar cloth, each about 50 cm (20 inches) square and scald in boiling water. Cool a little, then wring out well. Open out a square of cloth on work surface and put a quarter of the chick pea paste in the centre. Spread evenly with a spatula to a 20 cm (8 inch) square and place a quarter of the filling in the centre, spreading it a little. Bring each corner of the paste over the filling by lifting up corners of cloth. Paste should enclose filling in envelope fashion. Smooth joins to seal well. Make a single tie with each pair of diagonally opposite corners of cloth, then tie a second time. Complete another 3 topigs in the same way. Half fill a large pot with water, bring to the boil and add about 1 tablespoon salt. When briskly boiling, lower prepared topigs into pot and return to the boil. Cover and boil steadily for 12-15 minutes or until topigs float and feel firm to the touch. Lift out immediately and place on a tray, draining off water in tray. Untie and invert topigs onto platter. Leave until cool. When ready to serve, pour a little olive oil over each topig and dust lightly with cinnamon or paprika. Garnish platter with lemon wedges and parsley. To serve, cut each topig in half, then slice in thick pieces. Olive oil and lemon juice are added to individual taste. NOTE: Ready-skinned chick peas are available at some Armenian and Greek food stores. These look like split peas, but are larger and nut coloured. Source: The Complete Middle East Cookbook, by Tess Mallos Typos and smart remarks by: Karen Mintzias
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (92g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 80 (47%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 8.9g||12 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.9g||5 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 7.8mg||0 %|
|Potassium 270mg||7 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 19.4g||6 %|
|Dietary Fiber 5.8g||23 %|
|Sugars, other 13.6g|
|Protein 6.3g||9 %|
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Calories per serving: 170
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