It’s been so rainy and blah where I live for the past while, and it really makes me feel like cooking, you know? I feel like I haven’t COOKED something in a while, and today it felt right. Also on days like this, I just want a nice bowl of something warm and comforting. Curry is this perfect comfort food, because it’s so flavourful and it warms your soul as well as your body. You can throw as many crazy vegetables as you want in a curry, but I wanted to keep it simple and let the flavour shine through. So I only used chickpeas.
Chickpeas and I go way back. They have protein and lots of fibre, and in this curry they add a bit of texture so everything isn’t just mush. The only other elements in here are onions, garlic, spices, tomatoes, and some basil leaves. I caramelized the onions for maximum flavour, and the spice blend is great! Everything stews together in the tomatoes and melds and becomes something amazing, that feels like a big hug. I served this with wild rice, but any grain works.
Today this curry really took me back to my love of coming up with recipes and slicing things up and stirring things on the stove and smelling and tasting and eating. It’s so fun and just takes me to a place of calm where I’m not worrying about anything but what I’m cooking. I really hope that you guys get to try out this recipe and feed your soul by making it and eating it! That’s my goal here, anyways;)) Enjoy!
Soul-Warming Chickpea Curry
Total Time: 60 minutes
- 1 medium sized white onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil (plus more as needed)
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 4 small basil leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cooked grains for serving (optional)
- In a medium sized pot, heat up the olive oil over low-medium heat and add in the onions. Cook them until they’re nice and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Stir often and add more oil if needed to prevent them from burning.
- Add the garlic and spices to the pot, and cook for another minute or two, again watching to make sure nothing burns.
- Dump the tomatoes, chickpeas, tomato paste, and leaves of basil into the pot and give everything a good stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a low simmer, cover and cook for 40 minutes.
- Remove the curry from the heat, season with salt and pepper to taste and remove the leaves of basil. Serve with a grain of choice and enjoy!
Hope you like this soul food! Have a great Canada Day;))