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Quick & Easy Curried Chickpeas

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Curried chickpeas
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Beans are a common vegetarian food in many parts of Thailand, and this easy recipe for Curried Chickpeas is definitely one of my personal favorites. I love this dish so much that I sometimes just eat it on its own for lunch (with or without rice). Also makes a great side dish or main course for dinner. Chickpeas are full of protein and nutrients, including the B vitamins, and therefore make for an excellent meat substitute. Try these curried chickpeas - you'll love 'em!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes


  • SERVES 2 as main course, 4 as a side dish
  • 12-14 oz can chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup coriander/cilantro, lightly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (or substitute lime)
  • 1 shallot OR 1/3 cup purple onion, minced or diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (or more - adjust according to desired spiciness)
  • 2+1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetarian fish sauce OR soy sauce (non-vegetarians: use 1+1/2 Tbsp. fish sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp. oil for stir-frying
  • optional: 3-4 Tbsp. coconut milk


  1. Heat up a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbsp. oil plus the shallots (or onion) and garlic. Stir-fry 1 minute.
  2. Add all of the dry spices (except the pepper), plus whatever sauce you're using (fish, soy, or veg. fish sauce). Also add 1 Tbsp. water. Stir-fry together briefly.
  3. Add the chickpeas and continue stir-frying until they are covered with the spice mixture and are nice and hot (about 5 minutes). If they become too dry, another Tbsp. water.
  4. Remove from heat. Stir in the lemon juice, black pepper, and most of the fresh coriander. If desired, also stir in 3-4 Tbsp. coconut milk.
  5. Do a taste-test. Adjust the salt level by adding a little more soy or fish sauce if not salty enough. If too salty, add another squeeze of lemon or lime juice.
  6. Top with any remaining coriander and serve hot with rice. ENJOY!
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 5 out of 5
Great quick recipe, Member maestro0086

Really liked this dish. But without coconut milk it really lacks a creaminess, (i.e. you won't get the creamy texture seen in the photo) and is a little salty from the fish/soy sauce. So I just added 1/2 cup of (regular) milk at the end. I think this helped a lot. Will try it with coconut milk when I have some on hand.

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