Whilst not entirely authentic (this Claudia Rosen version looks pretty good), and the beans having taken significantly longer to soften than the suggested 1 hour, they were delicious. Even the pickiest among us gobbled them up with the seeded pitta breads from the freezer (yellow-stickered for the win!) and so I can add another dish to my repetoire - another dish that can also be made entirely from pantry ingredients if you substitute dried for fresh herbs.
On the subject of Middle Eastern cuisine, I watched the first two episodes of Nigel Slater's Middle East and I thoroughly recommend it. The Turkey episode blew me away - that 'rootedness' and sense of place that I was banging on about, Nigel banged on about it too. It's available on iPlayer now.