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Fool-chickpeas Modammas — Sultan’s

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Hannibal Lecter, the horrific villain from the “Silence of the Lambs,” famously described what he liked with his fava beans. Me? I prefer them with chickpeas in a delightful, liver-free sauce.

Fool-chickpeas Modammas, an appetizer served at Sultan’s restaurant, is, well, appetizing. It was the perfect choice when this fool couldn’t decide between the restauarant’s Fool Modammas, which is made with fava beans, or the chickpeas modammas.

Fool-chickpeas Modammas features a warm mixture of fava beans and chickpeas immersed in a delicious amalgam of cooked to matoes, parsley, onions and seasonings.

While somewhat spicy, this dish is not especially fiery. The mixture is spread out on a plate and thick enough to be managed with a fork yet soupy enough to warrant a spoon, but I found using pita bread to scoop up the yumminess is the best choice.

Since the plate is dinner size, the appetizer is enough to share. Or pair it with pita bread and either vegetable or crushed lentil soup, and the Fool-chickpeas Modammas can make a meal for one.

It’s appealing enough that even Lecter might approve, despite its lack of liver.

— DAVID WINKELSTERN

Sultan’s 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday 4790 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing (517) 333-4444, sultansmediterranean.com

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