FarmFare: Let’s be healthy SA


Did you know that South Africa has the highest rates of obese adults in Africa, and that nearly one in every seven South African women is overweight?

The more we learn about nutrition, the more it seems we should eat the way people did a century ago. Recent research indicates that we should be eating mostly whole foods – that is foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. This means eating whole grains instead of refined grains. Fruits, vegetables and beans should be consumed instead of supplements to provide the fibre and vitamins these foods contain.

Pouyoukas Foods has an extensive range of whole foods available and beans, chickpeas and lentils are a good place to start. Below is a recipe for crispy sumac salmon and crushed minty chickpeas. This is the perfect whole food meal, which is the key to a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Nothing in this meal is processed.

Crispy sumac salmon and crushed minty chickpeas

Serves 4


  • 3 cups cooked Pouyoukas dried chickpeas
  • 1 small handful fresh mint, chopped
  • ½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • Small punnet cherry tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons (45mℓ) olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mℓ) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30mℓ) sumac*
  • 4 portions fresh salmon
  • Fresh lime or lemon wedges, to serve


  1. For the minty chickpeas: In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, mint, chilli, lemon juice, tomatoes, olive oil and red onion. Season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside.
  2. For the salmon: Combine the tablespoon of olive oil and sumac to form a paste. Spread onto the fish. Fry in a non-stick frying pan (skin side down) for three to four minutes. The skin should be crisp, while the fish should still be pink and moist.

Serve the sumac salmon with minty chickpea salad, along with plenty of fresh lemon or lime. – AGT Foods

*Sumac is a tart (sour) spice that is made of the sumac berry that is finely ground. Can be substituted with lemon.