Chickpeas Curry

A hearty, healthy dish for everyone. Chickpeas are very high in protein. A great way to add more dietary protein into your meal.


  • 350g chickpeas (soaked for 8 hours)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 10g Maldive fish (crushed)
  • 1 large red onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 5g red chilli powder
  • 3-4 fresh green chilies
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Handful of coriander leaves
  • tbsp = table spoon, tsp = tea spoon


* Always soak chickpeas overnight (for at least 8 hours) before cooking, this tenderizes the legume and makes it easier to boil.

Pour 3 cups of water into a medium sized pot. Then add chickpeas and 1 tea spoon of salt. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until chickpeas are tender.

Once it is cooked, drain the chickpeas into a colander placed into the kitchen sink. Lift the colander and shake off excess water. Set the cooked chickpeas aside.

Heat oil in a wok or a large frying pan over medium heat and cook onion and curry leaves for 2 minutes.

Then add coconut milk, red chili powder and simmer for about a minute.

Now add the boiled chickpeas, garlic, chopped green chili and Maldive fish and mix well. Cover the pan and cook for about 10 minutes. Then add coriander leaves for more flavour and cook for a further 2 minutes. Best served with warm rice.

* This is a very hearty dish. Chickpeas especially contain very high levels of protein and therefore a better option for vegetarians to get their dietary protein levels up.

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