Friday, January 11, 2013

Curried Chickpeas over Rice

Curried Chickpeas over Rice
This recipe started out as a Linda McCartney recipe, but has been adapted so much over the years as to be unrecognizable. I've been enjoying this one for about 10 years now, and it's always delightful.
It can be served over rice or with flatbread. Leftovers go great in a wrap for the lunchbox. If you're serving it with rice, put the pot of rice on before you start cooking this dish - as this one comes together quickly. It also freezes well.

Curried Chickpeas
1 teaspoon Oil
1 Onion, sliced in rings or crescents
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds (if you’re fresh out, omit them)
1 Tablespoon Curry Powder *
Salt to taste
saute, stirring, about 5 minutes, till spices are fragrant
½ cup water
2 (16 ounce) cans Chickpeas, drained (or 3 cups home-prepared)
5 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 T Soy Sauce
1 ½ teaspoons dry Parsley (or 3 Tablespoons fresh)

Sauteing onions sliced in crescents

Cook till most of liquid is evaporated, stirring frequently. Serve over rice or with Flatbread.

Serve with Salad & Indian-style Pickles.
* Curry Powder - adjust to taste depending on the heat of your Curry Powder. Use about 2 teaspoons if your Curry Powder has some heat -( I use 2 teaspoons when using purchased Madras Curry Powder from the Indian Grocery), perhaps 1 1/2 Tablespoons or more if you have a no-heat Curry Powder. When cooking for adults who enjoy hot & spicy, I might use an Indian Curry, but for my little one, I keep it cool.
My No-Heat Curry Powder
(Since I cook for a little one, I want complete control over how hot & spicy my cooking is, so I can add a pinch of cayenne separately, or else add sriracha at the table. Chili powder does have a LITTLE heat, but not like most commercial Curry Powders)
4 teaspoons coriander
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons ground yellow mustard powder
2 teaspoons chili powder (the spice blend, not ground chilis)
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Tip for dining with Omnivores: Cubed chicken may be stirred into the Omnivore's portion. A Raita may be served on the side if desired.


  1. I've made this without garbanzo, with chicken & golden raisins. ♥ I will try this vegan variation, though!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Interesting, Martha - does your Omnivore version have the same seasoning besides curry powder?


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