Spicy Chickpeas (Chole)

    40 min

    A delicious vegan Indian curry made from chickpeas. A spice mix is fried until fragrant, before adding chickpeas and tomatoes and simmering until thick. Serve with basmati rice and/or naan bread.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1-2 Scotch bonnet chillies, seeded and chopped or to taste
    • 2 large onions, chopped
    • 2 (400g) tins chickpeas, drained
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 150ml water
    • salt to taste
    • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh root ginger
    • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander, for garnish

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the cumin and chilli powder and cook for a few seconds until the spices are fragrant. Add the Scotch bonnets, onions, chickpeas, lemon juice and water; season to taste with salt. Bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with ginger, tomatoes and coriander to serve.

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    This recipe was fabulous! I started the rice first, and it was ready about the same time I finished the chole. It's quite spicy, but even my 2 1/2 yr old liked it. I didn't have the cilantro or serranos, but it was still great. Don't skip the tomatoes and fresh ginger root! They cut the heavy spice and rounded out the flavors nicely.  -  16 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    It was good, as is, but when a friend suggested serving it with raita, oh yeah, that put it over the top! I happened to have some pre-made, but imagine in a pinch just some plain yogurt, mint and cucumber on the side would make this a 5 star dish.  -  24 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is great! I serve it over a bed of Romain lettuce to increase the amount of food per serving and reduce the calorie count.  -  23 May 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)