Jaffrey uses dried beans for all her recipes and has instructions on soaking and cooking them, but I'm lazy and wanted to cook this in one night, so soaking overnight and cooking chickpeas for an additional 2 hours was just not in my future. I know it's more expensive to buy canned beans, but I kinda don't give a shit.
Recipe adapted from Madhur Jeffrey in aforesaid and now unmentionable book
- four 14 oz cans of garbanzo beans/chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 5 TBS peanut, canola or safflower oil (basically something that can stand high heat)
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 small cinnamon sticks
- 6 cardamom (the recipe calls for cardamom pods, but they didn't have that in the grocery store and hell, I was happy that they even had whole cardamom--by the way if I am talking about cardamom completely incorrectly, please keep it to yourself. I have no desire to learn.)
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- one 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 TBS ground cumin
- 1 1/2 TBS ground coriander
- 7 to 8 oz plain yogurt (full fat)
- 1 plum tomato, finely chopped (it will basically be a mushy mess, which is fine because the recipe called for 5 TBS tomato puree and I wasn't bringing out the food processor for 5 TBS)
- 2 tsp tomato paste (optional--I wanted to up the color and tomato flavor)
- plenty of salt to taste (it will probably take more salt than you think--the original recipe calls for 2.5 tsp, which is quite a lot)
- 1 TBS garam masala
- 1 TBS toasted cumin seeds (put them in a skillet and heat on stove over medium heat for just a minute or two--this stuff toasts really fast. If you don't have whole cumin seeds, just up the previous ground cumin by a few tsp)
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest (original recipe calls for amchoor powder, which I don't have, and somehow I got it in my head that amchoor powder adds tang to a dish, so I substituted lemon zest. I know, makes total sense)
- pinch of cayenne, or to taste
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
Yeah, no SHIT that's a lot of ingredients.
Heat oil in large pot over medium high heat. Place in bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and cardamom.
Stir for about 30 seconds and then add the onion.
Stir the onion until brown around the edges, anywhere from 8-12 minutes. Just keep an eye out. The below isn't the best picture, but after getting impatient at the 8 minute mark that the suckers weren't browning, I turned up the heat, illogically became less watchful, and my onions were a little more than browned around the edges.
Moving on. Add in the ginger and garlic.
Stir for about 1 minute, then add the cumin and coriander. Stir for just a few seconds.
Then add the yogurt, 1 TBS at a time. Add the next TBS after each TBS is well incorporated. The original recipe called for 1/2 cup yogurt--I used almost double that amount because yogurt usually comes in 6 to 8 oz containers. So mine may look a little more...cottage cheese-y.
I know, appetizing, eh? Well hold on, it gets better. And your kitchen will be smelling amazing by this point.
Add in tomato and tomato paste, if using (the paste is not pictured below). Cook for about 2 minutes.
Now add the chickpeas, salt, garam masala, lemon zest, cumin seeds, and cayenne. Add enough water (probably a bit more than 2 cups) to barely cover the chickpeas.
Bring to boil, and then lower heat and simmer. The original recipe says to simmer for about 15 minutes, but I would simmer it for much, much more (this may be because I didn't have bean soaking liquid to thicken everything). I probably simmered for about 1 hour, every once in a while adding in a little more water. But you don't have to do it for that long--30 minutes should evaporate enough water and get it to a nice stew-y consistency.
Stir in cilantro, reserving some to top with at the end. Serve chickpeas over rice.
Ta-da! I gotta admit, though, something was missing. It wasn't quite soupy/saucy enough, and there was something definitely missing. A something which makes this chickpea dish at our nearby Indian restaurant sooo good and savory. I might try this again, but after some further research into what I'm missing. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know.