A Blend of Spices Adds Nice Flavor to Chickpea Curry

BY Kary Osmond, TIMEJanuary 29, 2022 PRINT

My husband’s family is from the UK, and they love a good curry, so I’m always experimenting with curry recipes to impress them. Chickpea curry with potatoes and peas is my latest creation, which had them asking for seconds and for the recipe!

It takes a number of spices to make this curry tasty, but if you don’t have them, you can substitute all the spices except for the cayenne with 5 teaspoons of curry powder, since curry is essentially a blend of spices.

Chickpea Curry With Potato and Peas

Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 large yellow potato, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • Handful of fresh cilantro to garnish

Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring often until the onion has softened and is beginning to brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. If the ingredients start to look like they’re starting to burn, add a splash of water to lift them from the bottom of the pan.

Add salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric, mustard seeds, fenugreek, and cayenne, cook stirring continuously for 1 minute to toast the spices. Add tomato paste, and continue to cook and stir for 1 minute.

Stir in the coconut milk, to lift all the flavor that has stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add in the chickpeas and diced potato. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and simmer for 12 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked. Remove from heat and stir in the frozen green peas, cover, and allow to sit for 1 minute.

Season to taste with salt and garnish with cilantro.

Tasty Tip: Serve with steamed basmati rice or warmed-up roti or pita bread.

Kary Osmond is a Canadian recipe developer and former television host of the popular daytime cooking show "Best Recipes Ever." Her easy recipes include helpful tips to guide you along the way, and her love of plant-based cooking offers healthy alternatives to some of your favorite dishes. Learn more at Copyright 2021 Kary Osmond. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
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