From "The New York Times Cook Book," edited by Craig Claiborne.
Soak the chickpeas overnight in water to cover. (Or use the quick-soaking method.) Drain and add water to cover to a depth of 1*". Add salt and simmer two hours or longer, until the chickpeas are tender.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onions and cook until wilted. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water and spices. Add the chickpeas and simmer 30 minutes longer. Serve hot over rice, garnished with onion rings and coriander.
Makes 12 or more servings.
Nutritional analysis per serving: 298 calories, 6.68 grams fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 33.9 milligrams sodium; 20 percent of calories from fat.