I’ve always had a big problem when it came to eating; I can’t stop doing it! I have to eat something every now and then or I start to get cranky, and my hunger induced crankiness can get pretty scary (just ask Ismail). I don’t understand people who claim to spend the whole day without a single morsel of food until dinnertime. Snacking is an absolute must for me.
Which brings us to the ever evolving dilemma of choosing the right (read: magic, non fattening) snacks. I do not eat carrot sticks because I’m not a rodent on Atkins. I love potato chips and can polish off a family size bag in 3 minutes flat, but they’re obviously out as an everyday treat because I don’t want to be a pimply, greasy haired blimp. So how do I satisfy my need for a crunchy, salty snack? I eat termis.
I’ve always kept a bowl of termis in my fridge but never thought to blog about it till I saw Buttered Up’s (a fellow Egyptian food blogger) post about it. Basically, termis (Arabic for lupin beans) is a type of legume that is eaten as a relatively healthy snack in Egypt (I think you can find it in other countries but I’m not sure where). It’s pretty filling and enjoyable once you get the hang of popping the bean out of its skin with your front teeth. So fun, tasty AND healthy. What are you waiting for?
I’m using dry beans here but you might often find it ready made in jars.
1 pound (or any quantity really) dry lupini beans
First, you’re going to need to soak the beans in water for 24 hours (make sure you cover the beans well because they’re going to swell up as they soak). After that you’re going to boil the beans for around 30 minutes.
Rinse the beans under cold running water.
Put them in fresh, well salted water (like you’re salting water for pasta- so not too much and not too little) and leave them for around 4 hours. This is to get rid of the beans’ bitter taste.
Change the salted water again and taste. You want no trace of bitterness in the termis. If it still tastes a bit bitter, change the water one more time.
Add more salt to taste and put it in the fridge for up to one week. Make sure all the termis is covered with water and if it tastes too salty simply rinse it off and change the water again decreasing the amount of salt.
Top with a sprinkling of cumin and some freshly squeezed lemon juice. I hate cumin but lots of people like to add it to their termis to give it a kick. You could also think of various other spices to add, I won’t stand in your way.