One of the best things about having the instant pot is being able to boil dry cereals and legumes in a short period of time. No more setting aside a day to boil various legumes and pack them in the freezer for weeks or months, and woe unto you if you have no power for a day or so, and have to throw them out.
I have been trying out various recipes in the instant pot and I am happy with it. No instant pot? No worries. This simple chickpea curry can be made on the stovetop too.
Black chickpeas also known as “kala chana” are darker in colour and more meatier than the light coloured chickpeas, which makes them perfect for a filling vegetarian meal. They are rich in fibre, hence make you feel full for longer, and help prevent constipation. They are full of antioxidants, as well as folate and magnesium, low in fat and rich in iron among other benefits.
This simple dish can be had as a side or a main meal with rice or chapati along with a salad and other vegetables. Let’s get started.
- 1 1/2 cups soaked brown chickpeas
- I chopped onion
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
- 1 chopped tomato and some tomato paste
- Spices: 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 bay leaf, 1/4 tsp turmeric, and 1 tsp dhana jeera powder and garam masala
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped coriander leaves and freshly squeezed lemon juice to garnish.
Once done, uncover the cooker and add your chopped coriander leaves, squeeze a half lemon over it and an additional little sprinkle of garam masala will not hurt. Let sit a bit then serve.
This curry is perfect for weeknights when you do not want to spend too much time cooking. It is healthy, tasty and filling and you can serve with a salad or avocado slice for added nutrition and colour.
If making it on the stovetop just soak your chickpeas overnight, rinse, drain and boil them before making the curry.
Definitely worth a try, isn’t it?