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Jeweled Millet Salad With Crispy Chickpeas

From: Food & Wine Magazine
Serves: 6

½ C         Millet
½ Lb       Dried Chickpeas, cooked & cooled
2 Tbsp     Harissa
½ C         Extra virgin olive oil
½ C         Slivered, blanched almonds
1             Medium onion, thinly sliced
1 C          Carrots, julienned

¼ C         Thinly sliced scallions
2 tsp        Dried cilantro leaves
1 tsp        Dried mint leaves
1 tsp        Dried basil leaves
2 tsp        Lemon zest
3 Tbsp     Lemon juice
Kosher salt & Pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400˚F. In a medium saucepan, combine the millet with 1½ cups of water and bring to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt, cover and simmer over low heat until the millet is tender and the water is absorbed, 20 minutes. Let steam, covered, for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Meanwhile, on a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the chickpeas with the harissa and 2 Tbsp of the olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Bake for about 25 minutes, until crisp. Let cool slightly.

In a medium skillet, heat the remaining 6 tbsp of olive oil until shimmering. Add the almonds and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until golden. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate and season with salt and pepper. 

Add the onion to the skillet and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until well browned, about 12-15 minutes, add the cilantro, mint, basil

In a bowl, toss the millet, onion, almonds, carrots, scallions, lemon zest and juice. Fold in the chickpeas, season with salt and pepper and serve.