Sweet and Spicy Chickpeas

    20 min

    Protein-packed canned chickpeas are ideal for nutritious vegetarian cuisine in a hurry. Toss them in a spicy mixture then add to colourful vegetables. Serve with couscous or warmed chapattis and plain yoghurt. Delicious!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
    • 1 tsp caster sugar
    • 1 tsp garam masala
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp dried oregano
    • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    • 2 small onions, halved and thickly sliced
    • 2 peppers (1 red, yellow or orange and 1 green), halved and thickly sliced
    • 12 baby plum or cherry tomatoes, halved

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Combine the chickpeas and spices: Tip the chickpeas into a bowl. Add the lime zest and juice, sugar, garam masala, cinnamon and oregano. Stir to coat the chickpeas in the spicy mixture. Set aside for a few minutes.
    2. Cook the onions and peppers: Heat a large frying pan or wok with the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions and stir-fry for 4 minutes or until just beginning to colour. Reduce the heat and add the peppers. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are almost tender.
    3. Add the tomatoes and chickpeas: Stir in the tomatoes, then add the spicy chickpea mixture. Cook for 2 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and everything is hot.

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    I didn't have onions so left them out, instead used about triple the amount of cherry tomatoes (500 grams), and more chickpeas (400 grams drained, rather than a 400g can). I added extra powdered chili and cayenne pepper for a bit more of a kick - this might not be necessary for anyone else, I think it could have just been my garam masala being past its best and losing some flavour. Also I felt it needed salt, which I didn't see in the recipe. Not a lot, just a dash to make the flavours more pronounced.  -  08 Jun 2012


    Had a tin of chickpeas in my cupboard and didnt really know what to do with them. Used this recipe and it was lovely although i added a little chilli powder and salt.  -  09 Jan 2017


    Delicious. Only deviation from recipe was adding 1/2 tsp of chilli powder. I'd put chickpeas onto soak last night and was looking for suitable recipes. I'm glad I fouind this one. Thank you  -  07 Oct 2012