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  Turkish Chickpeas Recipe Meets Rumi Poetry: Chickpea To Cook

Chickpea to Cook 

By Rumi

(translated by Coleman Barks)


A chickpea leaps almost over the rim of the pot where it’s being boiled. 

‘Why are you doing this to me?’


The cook knocks him down with the ladle.

‘Don’t you try to jump out'

'You think I’m torturing you'

'I’m giving you a flavour, so you can mix with spices and rice and be the lovely vitality of a human being'.

'Remember when you drank rain in the garden. That was for this.’


Grace first. Sexual pleasure,

Then a boiling new life begins, and the Friend has something good to eat. 


Eventually, the chickpea will say to the cook, 

‘Boil me some more. Hit me with the skimming spoon'.

'I can’t do this by myself'.

'I’m like an elephant that dreams of gardens back in Hindustan and doesn’t pay attention to his driver'.

'You’re my cook, my driver, my way into existence. I love your cooking.' 


The cook says, ‘I was once like you, fresh from the ground. Then I boiled in time, and boiled in the body, two fierce boilings.

'My animal soul grew powerful. I controlled it with practices, and boiled some more, and boiled once beyond that, and became your teacher'.


Dervish Pictures 

Mevlana presents in his poem 'A Chickpea To The Cook' the simple act of cooking a chickpea to open our eyes to the feats we must go through to grow and develop. The pain and struggles to obtain knowledge and enlightenment.

The chickpea questions it's treatment, before learning that his current and previous hardships were not for nothing; That even though his emotional journey of growth is unpleasant, it results lend to him becoming a better version of himself.

With this enlightenment he goes on to beg for more; to become even better again.

New life born from pain, suffering.  


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