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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Top with any remaining coriander and serve hot with rice. ENJOY!