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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Sumac Spiced Chickpea & Tomato Rice

Since both Kishore and myself work, some nights we need a fast hearty meal with minimal effort. Chickpea and tomato rice flavored with Sumac is a staple for those days when we're too busy or too tired to cook. This tart and tangy spiced rice and bean dish is perfect for lunch or a quick dinner.

Here is my recipe for Sumac Spiced Chickpea & Tomato Rice:
Serves 4


3 cups cooked Basmati
1 Tbsp Garlic Ginger Paste
1 Red Onion, chopped
3 Green Onions, sliced
1 pint Cherry tomatoes or 2 Roma tomatoes
1 - 15.5 oz can chickpeas
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Cumin, ground
1 tsp Coriander, ground
2 tsp Sumac, ground
1 bunch Cilantro, chopped
Salt& Pepper to Taste


1. Heat oil in a skillet and sauté the red onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes until soft. Add tomatoes and cook for just 1 minute to release their juices. Add salt and pepper.

2. Mix in the drained chickpeas and add the cumin and coriander powder. Stir in the cooked rice, green onions, and half the cilantro. Make sure all ingredients are well combined and heat the rice for 3-5 minutes.

3. Before serving sprinkle sumac, remaining cilantro and mix.

You can add cubed Feta for a more summery feel. Enjoy!

I have entered this post to My Legume Love Affair #117, hosted by Amrita at Motions and Emotions and Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen and Susan's The Well Seasoned Cook.


  1. I'd love this for lunch enhanced with sumac and chickpeas are my favourite legume. Yum.
    PS Would you be interested in joining in with #EatYourGreens as your dishes has green onions and lots of coriander?

    1. Thanks Shaheen, I have a recipe in mind for this month's Eat Your Greens, will definitely head over and share! :)

  2. I loved this one pot meal... thank you for adding it to the event...


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