Chickpea and bean salad
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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen


Chickpea and bean salad

Recipe By Mogau Seshoene
Photographs By Craig Fraser


1 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight
1 cup couscous
1 ½ cups boiling water
Pinch of salt
1 tin black beans
1 cucumber, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small red pepper, diced
1 small yellow pepper, diced
1 small red onion, finely chopped
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp honey
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Place soaked chickpeas in a pot of water and bring to a boil over a medium heat. Cook for 30 minutes, or until soft. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, place couscous in a bowl, pour over just enough boiling water to cover couscous. Cover with a plate or lid and leave to stand for 5 – 10 minutes to absorb the liquid. Drain off any excess liquid, add the sal, fluff with a fork and allow to cool.
  3. Drain and rinse chickpeas and the tinned beans. Combine with couscous and all other salad ingredients and toss. Mix dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad.

About the Author

Mogau Seshoene founded The Lazy Makoti in 2014 after leaving the corporate world to focus on her love for food. What began as lessons for a friend, a bride-to-be who was afraid of being labelled “The Lazy Makoti” (the lazy daughter-in-law) because she couldn’t cook, evolved into a business, and inspired its name. Through The Lazy Makoti, Mogau offers a series of cooking classes targeted at young, modern Afropolitans who have a keen interest in learning to navigate the kitchen with ease and flair. In addition to being in demand for her real-live lessons, Mogau has become Instagram-famous, with thousands of foodie followers.

In line with her desire to promote the role of food in maintaining South African culture and heritage, she hosted a season of a TV show entitled Cooks For Life on which she demonstrated easier and healthier ways to prepare African and South African cuisine.

Mogau was on the M&G top 200 Young SA list in 2015, has taken part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, in the US and has made the Forbes Africa 30 under 30s list. She is a Brand SA Play your Part Ambassador, and in May 2018 received a USIBA Creative and Cultural Industries Award. Mogau has a diploma in Culinary Arts from the Chefs Training and Innovation Academy in Centurion and completed the industry training under Chef Werner at The Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg. She is a contributing food editor for the weekly newspaper, Sunday World.

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