Chickpea Curry

This is the curry I so enjoyed at my Yoga Night Out, a few posts back! The recipe is curtesy of fellow yogite Craig. It is absolutely amazing! So full of flavour.

Craig's Chickpea Curry

2 medium onions
1.5 cm cube of ginger (peeled)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1/2 large red chili (roughly chopped)
2 tsp. coriander seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 can of chickpeas
3 tomatoes from a tin (chopped)
1/2 tsp. brown sugar (optional)
pinch of salt
3 tbsp. sunflower oil
1/2 lemon
3 tbsp. coriander leaves (chopped)
black pepper to taste

1. Peel the onions, cut in half and then slice.
2. Heat a small pan and dry roast the coriander seeds.
3. Roughly crush in a mortar and pestle.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the cumin seeds taking care not to burn them.
5. Heat a large heavy bottomed pan on a medium - high setting and add the oil.
6. When the oil is hot add all the spices and allow to sizzle for 1 min.
7. Add the onions and fry for 1 -2 mins while stirring occasionally so they don't stick.
8. Turn down the heat to low and continue to cook for 10 -15 mins. Sprinkle on the sugar if desired.
9. Thinly slice the ginger and then cut the slices into quarters. .Then add to the onions with the chili and garlic. Cook for a further 2 mins then turn the heat up to medium-high again.
10. Add the chickpeas and cook for 5 mins before adding the chopped tomatoes.
11. Add a splash or two of water to loosen off the mix. It should not be too dry.
12. Turn down the heat a bit and simmer for 10 mins. You can mash a bit of the chickpeas up with a spoon as the mushed chickpeas give a creamy texture to the curry.
13. Add the lemon juice and chopped coriander. Simmer for 1 min.
14. Serve it up with a naan bread.

My curry was a little different in taste and colour from Craig's, because I just couldn't bear to leave those last 2 tomatoes in the can! I am not always good at following recipes, I tend to throw more of something or other in!

It was really, really good! We had it with rice and I followed Craig's example and served it with quartered flour tortillas. It was a very good idea, they were so much lighter than naan bread and I wasn't too worried about the calories! Naan bread, calories, need I say more!

Gold star to Craig!


  1. Looks wholesome! I love chickpeas! You can do so much with them. OK, what is naan bread and which spices make up the curry? (Sorry to be so...dah!) It's just me!

  2. The Chickpea Curry has great flavour combinations. Kudos to this recipe!!!How do you have time to cook with all the wedding preparations???

  3. I love chickpea curry and this recipe looks perfect - thanks!

  4. That looks delicious Holler! I just ate dinner, but this post made me hungry all over again.

  5. How utterly bizarre! I had something very similar for lunch and am going to blog about it later this week. Always feel very virtuous after it! :D

  6. This recipe seems delicious.I am a great fan of chickpeas and this is the first recipe I see with ginger. Must try it!!

  7. looks delish! And I am with you on throwing in those last tomatoes from the tin. I also like the idea of using tortillas instead of naan bread - love naan bread but it is a calorie black hole and we don't seem to find such nice naan in the supermarket in Australia as I did in UK!

  8. This looks great - will be trying it at home

  9. That curry recipe looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing! :) I hope to try it soon.

  10. Hi Deb, The naan bread we are used to, is like a quite puffy, flatbread, if that makes any sense! The Curry is a combination of herbs and spices. The spices are ginger, chilli, chili powder and cumin seeds.

    Hi Val, The wedding preps are devastating my free time. As you can see, the frequency I am blogging is dropping fast. We are having lots of salad, baked potatoes and pasta just now, not much to blog about!

    Hi Lisa, I hoped you would like this one!

    Hello, Atxvegan, It was very tasty, a definite keeper!

    I look forward to seeing your version Wendy! i bet it will be yummy!

    Hi Valentina, Thanks for dropping by!

    Hi Johanna, Naan bread is a lobvely treat, but sometimes, I find it too stodgy! I bet if I couldn't find any good naan, I would start cravinig it!

    Hello Charlotte, Let me know how you enjoy it!

    Hi Helios, Thanks for stopping by! By the way I like your nectarine salad! I have never thought of adding them to one before, bet they would be good with feta!

  11. This looks so good and so easy.

  12. That looks really good - I've just made a huge lentil curry, so it'll have to wait a day or two ... thanks for sharing


  13. Looks good. I like the nice red colour. The last chickpea curry that I made was a bright yellow colour. The next time that I make chickpea curry I will have to try it with more tomatoes.

  14. Thanks for sharing my recipe Holler. Glad you are enjoying it so much. An additional tip is to make double the amount but liquidise about a third of the chickpeas - gives it a really creamy tasy. yum yum. I'll need to make up a new one and post it up on htt:// soon. oh i've been saying that for months now..... lol

  15. Hi Nirmala, Thanks for visiting! I had a visit to your blog. Those frosted cupcakes look heavenly! I feel like having one right now, with a glass of raspberry milkshake!

  16. Hi Joanna, Hope you post that lentil curry!

    Hey Kevin, Was the bright yellow, loads of tumeric?

    Hi Slinkycat, Thanks for the tip! I will try that next time and there certainly will be a next time, soon!

    Get going with the blog, I need more of your recipes to try out!

    Feel free to make extra and bring some in to yoga class for me!

  17. I´'ve got a slightly different chickpea curry recipe that I've been using ever since I moved to Scotland (that's in 1998) - and have continued making after returning home last autumn. Such a heartwarming and satisfying dish - either on its own or as a filling for a pita bread..

  18. I think if you get a good recipe, Pille, you do want to reuse it a lot.

  19. love chickpeas and curry too, I have to try your recipe! :)

  20. This is simple enough. I think I'll make something similar tomorrow when my vegetarian friend joins me for dinner. Thanks!

  21. Rooting through your older recipes has been marvellous and I have all the ingredients for this curry, so looking forward to it.

  22. Cooked this up last night and it was absolutely delicious! (Although I did go a little over-board on the chilli powder.. whoops)! Got frozen leftovers to enjoy another day. Having recently begun on a mostly-vegetarian diet it was fantastic to stumble over this blog that has simple, non-ingredient heavy recipes (as a student I am limited with both storage space and money). Cooking up some veggie burgers from this site tonight, can't wait! Thank you!

    1. This is one of our favourites Ida-May. Thanks so much for stopping by and I am pleased you are enjoying my recipes. It's always lovely to hear when people try them.


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