Roxanne, a reader from Connecticut, sent me an urgent request:
She wrote, “My mom is desperate to find a recipe to make tatchoun - a powder she says that my grandmother (from Kharpert) made from lablaboo and then sprinkled on cracker bread - do you know what this could be?”
This request made me smile because I hadn’t thought about ‘lablaboo’ for a long time. It’s one of those treats that Armenian grandparents keep handy for an anytime snack.
I know, your curiosity is piquing. Lablaboo is a dried but chewable chickpea. It’s probably processed somehow so as not to break one’s teeth. All I know is that my grandmother always had it available – either plain, or candy-coated in pastel colors.( As a kid, I liked those best!)
As for Roxanne’s request, however, I haven’t been able to find an answer.
So, I’m turning to you, dear readers, for help.
If anyone knows what ‘tatchoun’ is and/or how to make it, please leave a comment at the end of this post, or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much!