Indian-Style Chickpeas

A popular ingredient in Indian cuisine, the chickpea, or garbanzo bean, is a highly versatile legume and a rich source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. This light and flavorful recipe is a great way to enjoy them.

  • 1 large onion, chopped coarsely
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chili, finely diced (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, reserve half the liquid
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter
  • 2 cups cooked Basmati rice


Sauté onion, garlic and chili (optional) in nonstick pot until slightly browned. Add cumin and cook about 30 seconds, or until spices start to give off wonderful smells and turn slightly brown.

Add chick peas and the reserved liquid. Add lemon juice and tomato paste. Cook for about five minutes.  Place half of the chickpea mixture in a blender and blend for about 15-20 seconds. Add it back to the pan and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until heated through. Stir in peanut butter and cook a few minutes more.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over basmati rice.

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Nutrition Information

Indian-Style Chickpeas

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Amount per Serving

Calories:  390

Calories from Fat:  

Total Fat:  4g

Saturated Fat:  0.5g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  650mg

Carbohydrates:  88g

Dietary Fiber:  11g

Protein:  16g

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