Delicious Chickpea Curry Recipe
How to make a healthy and delicious vegetarian chickpea curry.
Sometimes you just don’t know what’s in your own backyard. We were on a quest to make the best possible chicken curry, so we asked around for advice fom some of the nice Indian people in our community.
Well, it turns out they are all vegetarian and follow the spiritual and ethical way of vegetarian eating. We were pointed to the New Vrindaban Community located in beautiful Moundsville, West Virginia to learn more about the culture and history of the Hare Krihna sector of Hinduism.
So we turned our quest for the perfect chicken curry into a beautiful plate of vegetarian chickpea curry instead.
- 1-1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger or 1 small chunk of ginger
- 1 small chili pepper or 1 small jalapeno pepper
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 cans chickpeas - (we use about 1-1/2 cans)
- 1 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Place the first 4 ingredients in a food processer and pulse until semi-smooth. Heat the oil in a medium skillet and cook the onion mixture for about 5-6 minutes, or until onions are starting to brown.
- Add the curry powder, turmeric and paprika to the pan. Stir through the onion mixture and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Slowly stir the water into the skillet. Add the chopped tomatoes, coconut milk, chickpeas and salt and pepper.
- Bring mixture to a light boil. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lime. Stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
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What is a Chickpea?
Chickpeas: One Of Natures Nutritional Powerhouses.
Chickpeas are one of natures very own nutrient rich powerhouses. They provide adequate vitamins, minerals and fiber and can help lead to a healthier and fitter body. Chickpeas are a legume which covers many species such as broad beans, peas and lentils. Grown in the Middle East and the Mediteranean, chickpeas feature heavily throughout the healthy mediteraenean diet. Their growth in popularity has seen them appear in many grocers and supermarkets around the world and are now easy to find no matter where in the world you may be.
Chickpeas are commonly used as the base of many vegetarian and vegan meals ranging from vegeburgers to falafel and provide plentiful protein in place of meat based protein. Chickpeas, much like beans and peas are legumes and contain selenium and folate. The nutrient content of chickpeas makes them an ideal food to help lower cholesterol, fight against diabetes and encourage regular and healthy bowel movements.
Chickpeas also contain high levels of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. The well-rounded nutrient content makes chickpeas an ideal staple food for almost every diet type and provides the body with a majority of it daily required values. Chickpeas are grown throughout the year in the middle east and the Mediterranean and make up the base of many of the meals consumed in these parts of the world.
As they contain a high level of dietary fiber, chickpeas help keep people feeling fuller for longer and stabilize blood sugar levels thus reducing cravings and overeating. For this reason, they make for one of the best foods to consume when trying to control or reduce your weight. Another added benefit that chickpeas offer is from the increased protein and vitamin levels contained within them, these nutrients strengthen the hair, teeth, and bones and help create a clearer complexion.
Preparing chickpeas is a simple process, although it is also time-consuming. There are pre-prepared chickpeas that can be purchased frozen or tinned, but the best type of the dried chickpeas that require rehydration. These will give the best flavor and texture when compared to readily prepared peas.
This little legume is not only the ideal food for vegans and vegetarians, it is also gluten free and contains high levels of iron which can help prevent anemia. Chickpeas are a miracle food in their own right and can help create a satiating and satisfying meal for every type of diet.