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Chickpeas with rice (or rabbit?)

In times of crisis, this is a way to keep up appearances. A stew that tastes like rabbit… without the rabbit! Ideal for a cold winters day. This stew uses chickpeas and rice to create a dish that draws tourists from all over the world to the small town of Trebujena for their yearly competition.

By:  Lourdes Camacho
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Traditional cooking
Time: 2 and a half hours
Difficulty: easy
Serves: 6 people
Serving suggestion: accompany with a local mosto

It may have become a tourist attraction, but this does not make this fabulous dish any less delicious. Throughout the year, your best bet to try this recipe in restaurants local to Trebujena and the surrounding area. On the first sunday of december a local competition is celebrated on the streets of this small town in the province of Cadiz. Generous local peñas make it and offer it up to visitors. The ideal moment to taste it in its natural habitat!

After trying it, you won´t be able to stop yourself from exclaiming in delight. You may even murmur something which we probably shouldn´t print!

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1. In a large pot - or even a pressure cooker - soak the 500 - 600 grams of chickpeas for 24 hours.

2. Put them in water to boil alongside the 4 laurel leaves. Keep watch to ensure that not all the water evaporates.

3. While cooking the chickpeas, fry up the oil, onions, peppers, tomato, garlic and parsley. Make sure it has all been chopped finely. Add the cloves and wine. Keep it over a low flame, and cover the pan. This is known as the sofrito.

4. When the chickpeas are almost ready, add a cup of rice, salt and saffron. Finally add the mixture (sofrito) to the pot. Leave for another half hour, and then let it stand for a few minutes.


  • Chickpeas with rice
    500 grams of chickpeas
    4 laurel leaves
    Olive oil
    1 onion
    1 or 2 peppers
    1 mature tomato
    Half a garlic head
    3 or 4 cloves
    A handful of parsley
    Half a cup of white wine
    A cup of rice

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