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Indian Weeknight Dinner: Chickpea Tomato Curry

Serves 4 3 tablespoons olive oil2 medium onions, peeled, diced1 jalapeño pepper, destemmed, deseeded, minced2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger1 tablespoon ground coriander1 clove garlic, peeled, minced½ teaspoon turmeric½ teaspoon salt2 large tomatoes, seeded, chopped2 13-ounce cans chickpeas, drained, or 2½ cups cooked chickpeas2 cups vegetable stock2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped3 tablespoons fresh pomegranate seeds (optional) {pinterest_rich_pins_images} Indian Weeknight Dinner: Chickpea Tomato Curry {/pinterest_rich_pins_images}

Indian Weeknight Dinner: Chickpea Tomato Curry

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    Seeded tomatoes, ready to be chopped
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    The curry base consists of onion, jalapeño, ginger, turmeric and other spices
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    When the onions turn soft and translucent, add the tomatoes and chickpeas

Text, photos and food cooked by Michal Martinek

Dec 7, 2016

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Chickpea Tomato Curry

This simple, vibrant curry is an old standby of mine. It was one of the first recipes I learned to cook (it came from one of those cheap, no-nonsense recipe brochures you see in the supermarket checkout line), and I’ve been making it ever since, tweaking it along the way.

It is a flavor-packed, vegetarian, one-pot dish that comes together in no time—a great, quick weeknight dinner contender. The main ingredient is chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, a round, buff-colored legume that’s a little bigger than a regular pea and has a mild, nutty taste and creamy texture. You probably know it from eating hummus or minestrone. Here, it swims in an Indian-inspired curry scented with turmeric, coriander, garlic and ginger, complemented by caramelized onion and tomato. Lemon juice, ginger and jalapeño elevate the whole thing and give it a cool, fresh kick. 


  1. Serves 4
  2. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 2 medium onions, peeled, diced
  4. 1 jalapeño pepper, destemmed, deseeded, minced
  5. 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  6. 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  7. 1 clove garlic, peeled, minced
  8. ½ teaspoon turmeric
  9. ½ teaspoon salt
  10. 2 large tomatoes, seeded, chopped
  11. 2 13-ounce cans chickpeas, drained, or 2½ cups cooked chickpeas
  12. 2 cups vegetable stock
  13. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  14. 4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  15. 3 tablespoons fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)


Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, jalapeño, ginger, coriander, garlic, turmeric and salt, and sauté, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 5–6 minutes.


Stir in the tomatoes and cook until they soften, about 3 minutes. Add the chickpeas, pour in the stock and cook, covered, over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add the lemon juice and cilantro, and add more salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve sprinkled with the pomegranate seeds.


2 reader comments on Indian Weeknight Dinner: Chickpea Tomato Curry.

Michal Martinek said:

Hi Rick,
I soak them overnight and then cook in 1:5 ratio - 1 part chickpeas and 5 parts water. Sometimes it takes 2 hours or longer. It really depends on how old they are. Have fun in Italy! Let me know if it worked. Michal

January 23 at 2:41 pm

Rick Perkins said:

Ill be making this from Dried Chickpeas. Always a challenge as often no matter how long I soak and cook them I usually can’t get them past that stubborn raw consistency. I know some cooks soak in bicarbonate of soda but I don’t really love the results. It somehow alters the flavor. I’m writing from Italy where the chickpeas are always beautiful and much larger than the ones I can find stateside. A farmer in Lompoc told me the Garbanzo farmers there always save the primo big ones for the export market. Thursday is the traditional day for Ceci here in Rome and on that day one can buy presoaked chickpeas in some of the more old fashioned stores. You have to get there first thing because they sell out immediately.the results are always gratifying. Can anyone tell me a way to soak and cook in such a way that the chickpea arrives at a creamy consistency?


January 23 at 2:33 am

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