Chickpeas for Life

As a vegetarian, it’s important to get as much vitamins in your diet as possible. Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are a great source of fiber, protein and iron, and can be purchased in flour form, dried or in a can.

For those that enjoy and appreciate ethnic cuisine, I thought of going Indian today and found this delicious Chickpea Curry by Jamie Oliver. If you cook Indian food at home, you may already have a lot of the spices, which means you can pretty much make this dish tonight! Chickpeas are a common household item to have in the pantry, as it keeps for a long time, can be a great addition to a dish or can be eaten on its own!

Jamie Oliver's Chickpea Curry

For those that are dabbling into this for the first time, don’t be intimidated by the vast array of ingredients required for this dish. Instead of sunflower seed oil, I used sesame seed oil. Though I didn’t have a lot of ingredients on hand (asafoetida, ginger paste, garlic paste and green chili paste), I depended on my chili powder to do the trick, in addition to a bit of fresh minced garlic. As you create the broth, you’ll want to taste it and ensure there is enough spice and salt. You can also add some potatoes and cook it down in the broth to make it more hearty, then serve it on top of basmati rice with a side of naan and/or raita to help tame down the spice.

Based on the type of meals you eat and the dishes you prefer, you can make this delicious legume in any possible way, such as baking them to create crispy treats, or you can ground them up in a falafel. I’ve also seen them in burger form! If you’re looking for healthy alternatives, this is definitely a great and easy item to work with for your everyday meals.xo

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