It’s a new week, so that means a new food challenge! This week’s ingredient is CHICKPEAS! Or, as I knew them growing up, “garbanzo beans”. The humble legume made famous in falafel and hummus. The earthy, creamy beans that are full of fiber! And although I’ve opted out from eating them lately due to my decision to eat a low-carb, high-fat way of eating, luckily for me, my husband does eat them and as long as I don’t put anything green in a chickpea dish, I think we’re golden. Okay, maybe a little sprig of cilantro. But that’s it! 🙂
Deciding what to make for this challenge wasn’t too challenging! I’d already experimented with some vegetable curries and kormas (a creamy vegetable dip of sorts, popular in Indian cuisine) but in the end, I’m going with a non-threatening chickpea vegetable curry. At least I don’t think it’s too scary to make! You can really just dump a whole bunch of ingredients – chick peas, onions, garlic, curry powder, turmeric, coconut milk, spices, tomatoes – into a slow cooker or a pressure cooker and just let it ride.
So that’s literally what I did. Let the cookware do all the work for you! Seriously, aren’t slow cookers just the best thing ever? One thing to note – feel free to use canned chickpeas (rinsed) but if you want to use dried chickpeas, by all means! Just make sure you soak them for at least 4-6 hours or up to overnight, then do a clean rinse, drain, and you’re good to start cooking. Soaking beans helps remove the indigestible sugars that wreak havoc on your tummy and cause well…major farting. And I’m guessing you might want to avoid that, especially if you’re making this for a date night!
And there you have it! This yummy, stick-to-your-ribs, warming bowl of comfort food would be great served with either regular rice or cauliflower rice! And don’t forget the naan on the side to mop up all of that savory and spicy tomato coconut sauce! And feel free to add in other ingredients like lentils or barley or farro! You could do half chick peas and half lentils. Yum! And by the way, your kitchen will smell heavenly (and I speak from experience).
Let’s dig in!
- 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed You can use dried too - just use 1 cup, soak overnight, rinse and drain
- 1 15 oz. can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 tsp curry powder I just use a sprinkling of each spice
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1/4 tsp tumeric
- 1/4 tsp ginger feel free to use ginger root, just peel and dice 1 tsp. It's good to keep fresh ginger in the freezer to have on hand if you need it
- 1/4 tsp hot paprika you can use regular too, or smoked, if you have it
- 1/4 tsp shawarma seasoning totally optional but I like to mix some of this in, even though some of these spices are included in the mix
- 1 tsp salt if you're using canned chickpeas, I would use 1/2 tsp of salt, since the canned beans contain a good amount of salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 cup water
- 1 handful sliced pickled jalapenos optional
- 1 handful chopped fresh cilantro optional
- 1/4 lemon wedge optional
- 1 cup white rice or cauliflower rice
If using an instant pot/pressure cooker, add all ingredients into the pot. Press "beans/chili" and cook for 1 hour.
If using a slow cooker, add all ingredients (5 qt. probably will work best) and cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours.
Serve the curry on top of white rice or cauliflower rice and garnish with pickled jalapenos, chopped cilantro and squeeze a fresh lemon wedge (if using), for an extra boost of flavor and acidity. Serve warm.
Don’t forget to check out Daniel’s chickpea recipe: Ultimate Hummus Plate