Spiced Chickpeas

Chickpeas are one of the most often used legumes (whole beans) in my nani’s Indian kitchen. These come in different shapes, sizes and color. The best part is that dried chickpeas are used in a variety of ways – whole, hulled, ground, fermented, boiled, pureed, steamed, braised, sautéed, deep-fried, baked, roasted and sprouted as I have mentioned in previous blog entries (recipes posted Feb. 27, 2008, August 19, 2008 and November 22, 2009). Another nice fact is that dried beans can easily be stored at least for a year and are a great staple to have in any pantry, especially given the winter storms we are facing this winter!

Spiced Chickpeas
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon chana masala mix
1 1/2 cups crushed canned tomatoes
4 cups cooked chickpeas
1/2 tablespoon salt or to taste
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Coriander leaves for garnishing

1) Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy-bottomed three-quart saucepan and add the onion, stirring, until the onion is lightly brown. Add more oil if needed. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for approximately 30 to 35 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients except the lemon and coriander leaves and stir to mix.
2) Cover pan, lower the heat and simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Add water as needed to adjust the consistency of the dish. Before serving allow chickpeas to rest for at least 30 minutes so that the flavors have a chance to blend. Garnish with lemon wedges and freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Note: If you like to use soaked chickpeas for this recipe simply follow the steps given for Spicy Red Kidney Beans (Rajma) recipe posted on my blog February 27, 2008. While using commercial spice blends it is important to taste them for heat (cayenne pepper) and salt content. I personally use all-purpose spice paste (AP Spice Paste posted August 12, 2007 on my blog) recipe for cooking the whole beans.

Yield: 8 servings

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One Comment on “Spiced Chickpeas”

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