Chickpeas and curry both have significant health benefits when consumed. In addition to being great for weight loss and chalk full of fiber, this nutty legume is an excellent source of protein and energy booster. Curry powder is a blended spice that is often used in Indian cooking. While most cooks enjoy it for its flavors and heady aromas, it has anticancer and blood pressure lowering benefits.
Looking beyond its nutrition, chickpeas and curry can also be palate pleasers whether you’re cooking for family members or entertaining friends. You could also add some other antioxidants to the dish such as kale. This cruciferous vegetable is only 36 calories and goes well when blended in the following stew. It also adds a bit of brightness and color to the dish.
1 onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. paprika
1 tbs. ground coriander
1 tbs. cumin
15 oz. can chickpeas drained
1 c. chopped tomato
1/4 c. lentils
1 tsp. garam masala
1/4 c. chopped kale (optional)
In a medium sized skillet, saute the garlic and onion on medium high heat until they are transparent in color.
Add the salt, paprika, chili powder, turmeric and cumin and cook for an additional three minutes.
Add the drained chickpeas, lentils and tomatoes and gently stir until the mixture is combined.
Simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes and stir occasionally.
Add the garam masala and simmer another 10 minutes. If you’d like to add kale to the dish, you can add the uncooked vegetable at this time.
When the stew is done, garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves if you so desire.
This recipe makes a great topper when served on a bed of rice or wrapped up in a pita. For the best results, toast the pita bread in the oven or broiler for a couple of minutes before serving.
These recipes are so easy to make, that they require minimum supervision while simmering. You can also prepare the stew in a slow cooker before you leave for work. Place the ingredients in your cooker and set on low for eight hours or high for four. When you return home, you’ll have a delicious meal waiting for you.