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Sunday, 8 November 2015

If You Like Butter Chicken, You Will Love Butter Chickpeas!

This recipe, which I found in The Ultimate Vegetarian Cookbook, by New Zealanders Alison and Simon Holst, is a winner.

It's quick and easy - which meets my cooking criteria, is a tasty meat alternative and is healthy too - no butter in this butter chickpea recipe, and the flavour is that of butter chicken.

Butter Chickpeas - now I wish I had picked up that piece of potato that fell over!

I cook my chickpeas from dried and soaked, then freeze them, but you can use canned chickpeas. Likewise, you can use ready-made garam masala or concoct your own, as I did (recipe for this at the end)

Butter Chickpeas

310g can of chickpeas
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons of canola oil
2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp  ground cumin
300g can of condensed tomato soup
1/2 cup of cream (I used canned reduced cream)
200 grams of boiled, cubed potatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the canola oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic, cook.
Stir in the curry powder and spices, stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add the tomato soup, cream, chickpeas and potatoes.
Simmer for about 5 minutes.
Serve topped with chopped coriander on a bed of Basmati rice, with some Naan bread.

Garam Masala

2 Tbsp coriander seeds
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp cardamom seeds
1 Tbsp black peppercorns
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cloves
2 dried chillies (no seeds)
2 Tbsp ground turmeric

Toast the seeds in a frypan, then grind all - or if you are like me, I just approximated the above ingredients using the powdered forms that I already had in the pantry and the recipe was still delicious.


  1. Butter Chickpeas, what a brilliant idea, I have an awesome "from scratch" butter chicken recipe that would easily convert to chickpeas. Funnily enough I'm on the look out for more vegetarian recipes, as my tastebuds are leaning towards eating more vegetarian meals, so this will be perfect. Thanks.

    1. And it's quicker than takeaways! Hope you enjoy it - all the better if you make it with your own tomatoes.

  2. I had never heard of butter chicken, so I had to look it up. I think maybe we would call it chicken curry. Anyway, I've made a similar one with garbanzos -- or garBEANzos as we call them! -- and it was delicious.

    1. Huh, I didn't realize butter chicken wasn't an international dish. You get it at all Indian restaurants here in NZ - it's the one curry that even children and curry sissies can eat and is really popular.

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