Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easy Chickpea Curry : IHCC

"One Pot Wonders" is our theme for this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), where we are currently cooking from Madhur Jaffrey's recipes. This will be our second last post for Madhur Jaffrey's theme, next week will be the last one. We will be starting with a new chef Yotam Ottolenghi starting from April. Ever heard of him? He is a chef specializes in Mediterranean cooking. He is most famous for his delicious vegetarian recipes. Interested to join in? Drop by IHCC to get further details.

Easy Chickpea Curry is an easy and quick dish to prepare. I made this as a One Pot Wonder during one of the weekday's lunch. 

A very nice and simple vegetarian chickpea curry.

We had it with some paratha. I have a pack of frozen paratha in my freezer, and since it does not require thawing, I simply pan-fry it when it is time to serve, at the same time, simply reheat the curry gently, just to warm it up. This is a really quick meal to put together. My kids really enjoyed the Easy Chickpea Curry with the paratha.


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Easy Chickpea Curry
Serves 4-6
350gm (12 oz) drained-weight tinned chickpeas (from a 540gm can)
2 tomatoes, about 225gm (8oz)
5cm (2in) pieces fresh ginger, peeled
4 garlic cloves, peeled
3-6 fresh hot green chillies
25gm (1oz) fresh coriander leaves
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 medium potatoes, about 255gm (8oz) peeled
140gm (5oz) onion
corn, peanut or olive oil
1 medium stick cinnamon
5 whole cardamom pods
2 bay leaves

Step One
Leave the chickpeas to drain in a colander.

Step Two
Chop the tomatoes, ginger, garlic, chillies and coriander leaves and put in a blender with the ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and 5-6 tablespoons water. Blend until smooth, pushing down with a rubber spatula when necessary.

Step Three
Cut the potatoes into 2cm (3/4 in) dice. Finely chop the onions. Pour 3 tablespoons oil into a wide, medium, lidded pan set over a medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaves. Ten seconds later, add the onions and potatoes. Stir and fry for about 6 minutes or until the onions are lightly browned. Add the paste from the blender. Stir for a minute. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 6-7 minutes, lifting the lid now and then to stir. Add the chickpeas, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 250ml (8fl oz) water. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cover, and cook gently on a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


  1. Oh, how I'd like to have a taste of this right now. It's hard to beat those one pot dishes!

  2. Hi Joyce, I love chickpeas, thanks for sharing, will try chickpeas curry sometime.

  3. Why haven't I made this? Chickpeas, potatoes and curry--all of my favorites. ;-) It looks very satisfying and delicious.

  4. Joyce, the chickpea curry looks very appetizing! I guess it would also go well with toast. Yum! Yum!

  5. Delicious and lovely looking chikpea curry. Looks so tempting.

  6. Next time you cook this, call us la.. slurp

  7. Hi Joyce, wow! I have always loved this chickpeas....but will buy and munch when watching TV. But we eat this almost similar curry to yours when we takeaway from Indian makan stores here.
    Your this curry dish certainly looks great....can practically get the lovely scent of the ingredients you used.
    Have fun.

  8. Kind of vegetarian curry. Love chickpeas and definitely love to serve with roti canai :)

  9. My son loves chickpeas. Will have to make this for him soon. Great list of spices in this curry!

  10. I am completely crazy for chickpeas! I bet this is a terrific combination with the potatoes. Sure looks scrumptious on the paratha. Super choice!

  11. Such an appetizing vegetarian curry ! I love chickpeas though I haven't tried it in a curry yet :P

  12. Is it dahl curry? It looks like one.

    Love to eat it with roti canai, tosai, chapati and rice :D

  13. Hi Joyce, no matter is chickpeas or lentil curry, I love both! With this dish, I can eat a big bowl of rice!

  14. I love simple and delicious curry dishes. Your chickpea curry looks so yum!

  15. I love this kind of curry, not so spicy that I have to keep on drinking water:D looks delicious and healthy!

  16. Curry dhal is nice. I love taking this with roti canai and chapatti.

  17. i also love chickpeas, just had them ..boiled one from the kacang puteh man..hehe..i'm sure i would love them in curry too!

  18. Joyce,
    I love chickpea.
    This curry looks simple enough to prepare, I would like to try this soon...:)

  19. I love chickpeas, Joyce - I definitely need to try this on one of those evenings when I need something quick and easy after work.