But we're not here to talk about hummus. (Though incidentally, use more lemon juice than you think is reasonable. Trust me.) Do you ever set food resolutions? Like eat less candy or more spinach? Lately I've been trying to eat less meat, so when I came across this totally vegetarian recipe on The Wednesday Chef that featured my all time favorite legume, I got pretty excited. And then I forgot about it for six weeks.
Which isn't really so bad in the grand scheme of forgetting recipes, is it? That cilantro cake took me like two years to rediscover.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 small Thai bird chili, chopped or 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped, (I used a jalapeño)
one 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt, or as needed
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used more)
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
Cooked rice for serving (optional)
1. Sauté the onion in oil over medium heat about 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add garlic, ginger and chili, and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Pour in tomatoes and 1/4 cup water. Cover the whole shebang for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
2. If you have an immersion blender, now's the time to use it. Puree the onion and tomato mixture and return to the pan (if you don't have an immersion blender, that is). Heat over a medium flame, then add paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, the coriander, garam masala, turmeric and lemon juice. Add chickpeas and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
3. Cover and simmer until the sauce is very thick, about 45 minutes. Every ten minutes or so, stir the sauce, and if it looks dry, add more water, 1/4 cup at a time. If it's not thickening up, take off the lid towards the end and let it go for a few minutes uncovered. Stir in cilantro, taste, and season with salt, if necessary. Mine didn't need it; the canned chickpeas were pretty salty. Serve with cooked basmati rice and/or naan. Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day has a great, easy stovetop (!) method.