Saturday, August 20, 2011

One of My Favorite Dinners, Chickpea Curry

Greg and I have been making this dish for several years.  It's cheap, easy and delicious to boot.  I used to follow a recipe but I think ours has evolved a bit to best suit our tastes so I'm not sure where the original recipe came from.  This recipe makes a ton (as in, we eat it for 3-4 meals) so feel free to halve it if you don't want to be eating it for a week straight. 

Chickpea Curry

2 tbsp. oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2-3 tbsp. red curry paste
2 cans chickpeas
1 can coconut milk
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. lime juice
1/4 cup fresh basil
4 cups cooked jasmine rice (This stuff is good!)

Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.  Add onion and cook until they start to brown.  Add garlic and curry paste.  Stir until garlic is soft and curry melts down.  Add chickpeas, coconut milk and soy sauce.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add tomatoes, brown sugar and lime juice.  Simmer for another 5 minutes, stir in basil, and serve over the jasmine rice.

This recipe is highly adaptable.  We have left out the brown sugar and/or lime juice from time to time or swapped in cilantro for basil.  It's perfect for a weeknight when you want a good, hearty meal but don't want to spend your entire evening in the kitchen and since it can easily be adapted, you won't have to run to the store to get the exact ingredients.  

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.  I have to admit, I am in kind of a funk so I thought doing some writing could help get me out of it.  I've been in the kitchen baking all day so hopefully I will be back next week with some sweet treats.  Thanks for reading!


  1. Such a nice simple and easy yet healthy and satisfying dish!

  2. I want to like chickpeas. I really do. I wonder if it's the flavors I am combining them with?

    Unfortunately, the one way I've eaten them is in hummus and I could happily eat hummus every day of my life.

  3. Oh the curry with the chickpeas sound fantastic! So nice and simple yet delicious! I love it and so glad you are back!

  4. curry with chickpeas, winner!! simple meals are the best!!

    happy monday!

  5. I hope you get out of your funk soon! I miss having you around my Google Reader :)