Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chickpea Masala Curry

 Chickpeas are simply fabulous!  As much as I love chickpeas in hummus, they are also great in curries because they work well with spices. I made this vegetarian (vegan) dish and ate it with buttered toasted Afghan bread and it was a perfectly filling dinner.  It can also be eaten with roti, naan, chapathi or rice.  I added some fresh onion, chilies and tomatoes to give the dish a fresh component and complete the meal. Next time you have canned chickpeas think curry.

2 cans of drained and rinsed chickpea
1 medium onion chopped
2 large tomato chopped (about 1 cups worth)
1-2 green chilies sliced
2-3 cloves garlic minced or grated
1 inch ginger (1 Tbs ) grated
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 Tbs of curry powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 Tbs cider vinegar (to taste) -optional
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice (to taste)
salt to taste
red chili flakes to taste
1/2 tsp of ground turmeric
1 cup water
2Tbs of yogurt (optional)


Heat 1 Tbs on canola oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds for 20-30 seconds. Then add onion, green chilies,garlic, ginger and a little salt and fry for 2-3 minutes. 

Next add the chickpeas, tomatoes, and ground spices and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Then add the water, vinegar and lemon juice.  Cook for 10-12 minutes.

  Finally turn off stove and add the yogurt and stir until fully mixed in.  Serve hot with flat breads or rice. I like to allow the flavors to bloom a little by letting the curry sit for a hour before serving then reheating it.

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  1. Oh, that looks so good. I don't know why I don't use chickpeas for anything but hummus. I do love the flavor and they're so healthy.

  2. OH, this will have to be a dish I save for when hubby is out of town! He's not big on curry (or chickpeas for that matter!)...sheesh, he does get in the way of my kitchen creativity! Thanks for being such a sweet, supportive blogger friend, Ramona! xo

  3. Yum this looks so good and easy to make! I love the fresh fresh onion, tomato and chili on top. I always figured I would need to use dried chickpeas but this would be great with canned I bet, with all the spice and flavors! Thanks!!

  4. Your curry looks wonderful! My curry tends to be rather boring look but you made it so appetizing and very beautifully plated! I want to eat the curry with naan. Yum!

  5. Omg super yummy curry loved this version a lot...

  6. Love chickpea curry: yours has more depth and flavour methinks than the recipes I have, so shall try next time around :) !

  7. An absolutely favourite curry of mine my friend, this looks insanely delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. I'm not a big fan of chickpeas because they are so bland;however, I do love them in spicy food. Therefore, for me, this is the perfect chickpea dish - Lots of spice and flavor! It looks DElicious!

  9. Loving the curry and curious about the Afghan Bread, what is that?

    1. Hi Sandra,

      It's a kind of flat bread (sort of like naan). I like the texture and I use it for a lot of stuff, even making pizza. I get it at most Asian or Indian stores. Even my local grocery store carries it. Hope you can find it and give it a try... it's really good. ~ Ramona

  10. Heh. We're having chickpea masala curry for dinner tonight. Love that you dressed it with fresh onions!

  11. Mmmm. this looks so yummy. I would love this over a big bed of rice. Like the fresh topping too.

  12. thank you so much. just tried the recipe today n it was amazing. i love meat so i added some chicken to mine. thanks again

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  14. That looks really good, I'm going to try it soon!


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