Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Coconut Chickpea Curry - My Legume Love Affair - Sixth Helping

Coconut Chickpea Curry with Naan
A creamy, nutty curry so fast and easy you can practically
prepare it with your eyes closed. The original recipe calls for
jalapeƱo peppers, but I replaced them with a small handful of
tiny, Thai chiles, because some like it hotter - much hotter.

Green Thai Chile
Sweet little thing, isn't it? Beware!

Coconut Chickpea Curry - Slightly adapted from the Vikram Vij Green Onion Coconut Chickpea recipe found here in his Elegant & Inspired Indian Cuisine


2 tablespoons flavorless oil (such as canola or safflower)
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 medium onion, chopped
1 generous inch fresh ginger root, peeled and slivered
4-6 tiny green Thai chiles, chopped with seeds retained* (or hot green chile pepper of your choice)
1/2 cup canned peeled tomatoes
4 heaping cups cooked chickpeas, drained of their liquid
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper

In a large skillet, heat the oil over low heat until thin. Add cumin seeds and fry them until they are slightly toasted and fragrant (less than a minute). Add onion, stirring occasionally until golden and translucent (about 5 minutes.) Add ginger root, chiles and tomatoes, stirring to combine. Cook for about 3 minutes, then add the chickpeas and coconut milk. Stir in salt. Bring to a slow boil, then reduce heat to low, barely simmering until heated through (about 4 minutes). Stir in green onions. Cook another few minutes. Remove from heat. Top with a few cranks of ground pepper. Serve with naan bread or basmati rice. Serves 3-4. --

* Do not rub your eyes while cutting hot chiles. For those with delicate skin, wear thin latex gloves. Wash hands thoroughly after cutting. For a less incendiary bite, discard seeds and ribbed internal membranes which hold much of the heat.
Coconut Chickpea Curry

This recipe is for Suganya of Tasty Palettes, hosting My Legume Love Affair Sixth Helping, closing today.

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  1. I've promised to learn to love chick peas this year, so this recipe goes right to the top of my list. Wishing you a delicious 2009....

  2. Love that chilli pic - like some long-tailed swallow (if I get that bird's name right). What is the base design? A book cover?

  3. Beautiful picture of the chilli, and chickpea curry looks great - I too haven't tried this version! Happy 2009:)

  4. That looks warming!
    Happy New Year!

  5. Have a very safe, happy and tasty New Year Susan. I don't always take the time to comment but it has been enjoyable following your blog over the past year and I look forward to 2009!!!

  6. that chile looks like a little viper waiting to strike!

  7. Happy New Year, dear Susan!
    Beware of small, harmless-looking things, right? Your post reminded me of the story a friend of mine told me about her first encounter with a Thai chile.
    I love the photos!

  8. This looks delicious! I'd have used the thai chilies too.

  9. i love chickpeas and this looks great.. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO!

  10. wow that curry looks very very hot - (good for keeping out the cold???) hope you have a happy new year susan!

  11. Always wonderful creattions. I love me some green chilis. Happy New Year and all the best.

  12. Love that chilli pic! Happy New Year to you.

  13. I love chickpeas! This sounds great and I'm definitely saving it!

  14. Happy New Year Susan! That's a chickpea curry I'd love to have!

  15. That last shot is especially appealing, Susan. I love the softness and warmth of it.

  16. Happy New Year Susan! Love your innocent photo of the Thai chile,,,

  17. Oh, Susan—adore chickpeas, adore peppers, adore coconut milk—this is for me! Thanks, and happy, happy new year.

  18. looks very comforting, yum. I really love the chili photo, it's beautiful. I sent you an email to reply about the LLA hosting, hope you received it =)

  19. This is such a beautiful curry, Susan, and the pictures are just gorgeous.
    I cannot count the number of times I've rubbed my eyes after handling chillies-- even so, I can't be bothered with gloves while cooking :)
    A very happy new year to you!

  20. That chickpea sounds tasty and healthy.

  21. Hi susan
    A very Happy New Year to You, a fiery start eh :)


  22. I love the warm colours in this dish. Absolutely lovely.

  23. Happy new year Susan, hope you had fun on the 1st! :))

    Chickpeas curry looks wonderful. Oh yeah, smaller the chilli, hotter they are! :D


  25. I love it as hot as I can get it! Love chick peas too. Spicy post!


  26. This looks fabulous! And the picture of the chile pepper is absolutely adorable :)

  27. Sorry for the delay in responding to your kind comments. I'll be back shortly. Thanks so much!

  28. Lydia - Well, if I can learn to like (love) okra, then there is hope for anyone. Glad this recipe appeals to your sense of adventure. : ) Happy New Year!

    Thanks, Sra. Yes, swallow is right. The base is design paper I purchase by the piece in a craft store. There are literally thousands of patterns to choose from.

    Harini - Thanks. It's a very quick curry, but is only short on prep time, not flavor. I loved it. Happy New Year!

    'Tis, Katie. Good to see you. Happy New Year!

    Thanks, Val. Very sweet of you to say. Happy New Year!

    Welcome, Doggy Bloggy! I'm sure it would take it as a compliment. ; } Good to see you.

    Happy New Year, Simona. Thanks. Ah, yes, everyone has at least *one* first encounter with a hot chile. After that, you either get over it...or you don't. ; )

    Hi, Jessica! Thanks!

    Thank you, Jescel. Happy New Year!

    Certainly does, Johanna, but hot chocolate works, too. ; ) Happy New Year!

    Thanks, Courtney. Happy New Year!

    Wendy - Thank you. It was fun to shoot. Happy New Year.

    Thanks, Maris. I love them, too.

    Happy New Year, Jyothsna! Thanks.

    Thanks, Susan. Good to see you.

    Lori Lynn - Thanks. Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year, Lisa! Good to see you. I hope you try this. Given your adorations, I have a feeling you will. : )

    Wiffy - Thanks, dear girl. Yes, I received your email. Looks like Yahoo had cramps. I did send you back a reply.

    Happy New Year, Vaishali! Thanks so much. I never bother with gloves, either. No matter how thin and tactile, they always feel clumsy to me. Live dangerously, I say. ; )

    Hi, Kevin! Thanks.

    Sandeepa, how are you?! So good to see you. Happy New Year!

    Thank you, Dragon. : }

    Hey, Asha! Good to see you. Thanks! Happy New Year!

    Welcome, Snooky Doodle! Thank you.

    Hi, Emily! Welcome! Thanks so much.

    Thank you, Olga. Adorable and deadly. : ) Good to see you!

  29. Hee I never received your email ... so I kinda guessed it was lost in cyberspace :D

  30. Use coconut in any dish and it will turn out amazing. Yours look yummy!

  31. I made this dish tonight and it was delicious - it looked exactly as it did in your beautiful photo - colorful and enticing! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Jenny - Thanks so much for getting in touch. I'm thrilled that the recipe turned out so well for you. I spend a lot of time researching, testing and taking notes to ensure a recipe will work. It's very gratifying when I get positive, delicious feedback. : }

  33. In the past year I have learned to love chickpeas in dishes other than hummus. On another note I finally was able to read the Notes on Cooking book that I won in the giveaway Susan. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read it!!