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Easy (Kid-friendly) Chickpea Curry #DinnerDone #vegetarian

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I love, love, love Indian food, and so do my kids! Can I attribute that to the fact that I went out of my way to eat tons of spices while I was pregnant and breastfeeding? I think so. But whatever the reason, I couldn’t be happier that my kids will eat Indian-inspired dishes that are full of veggies and spices, even when I cook them at home!

Don't be afraid to add lots of spices to your kids' meals. It adds natural flavor and develops a great palate! #DinnerDoneScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 10.09.59 PMNow, I’m no whiz with a curry. I’m still very much in the learning phase of being able to achieve those rich, lush sauces that taste like they’ve been simmered for days. Oh, the thought of them just makes me want to bag this post and go get in the car…but there is one recipe I’ve been making at home for the kids, and it’s a hit every time: a yummy tomato-based Chickpea Curry!

Easy Kid-friendly Chickpea Curry using Hunt's tomatoes #DinnerDone via www.abcsandgardenpeas.com

“But isn’t it spicy!?” I’ve been asked. Yes, spicy flavorful, not spicy hot. The kids dig it because it’s got a flavorful sauce that’s perfect for dipping, and they always go crazy for chickpeas. I dig it because I’ve been buying my dried chickpeas in bulk and I can make a big batch very affordably. Plus, it helps me work through my spice cabinet before anything has a chance to get stale…and it’s SOOO good reheated!

…and it’s vegetarian, perfect for Meatless Monday, and has a big fat nutritious sweet potato or yam in it. I could go on and on…

Easy Chickpea Curry with Sweet Potatoes #DinnerDone

Since our tomatoes are but mere seedlings at the moment, I’m pulling from my pantry stash of diced tomatoes and tomato paste to make this now. Hunt’s has the best canned tomatoes because they help me create a veggie-rich base that tastes just like fresh thanks to their flashsteam peeling method, and they’re easy to find at your local Walmart.

Easy Cooking with Hunts Tomatoes #DinnerDone

See? Tons of varieties, right at Walmart. Better get two.

Find Hunt's Tomatoes at Walmart and have #DinnerDone in no time!

And we all know I like a recipe that bends if you need it to, so I encourage you to play with the spices because this recipe offers a ton of freedom. As long as you start with the tomatoes, coconut milk, and chickpeas, you’re good to go with whatever spices you like. Add chili for a little heat or more yams if you like it sweet. (Just don’t leave out the cumin or curry powder or you’ll lose all that wonderful smokiness!)

Serve over basmati rice or with naan on the side, and a dollop of plain yogurt. Finish with sliced mangos for dessert!

Easy Kid-friendly Chickpea Curry with Sweet Potatoes #DinnerDone @huntschef #vegetarian #recipes via www.abcsandgardenpeas.com

Easy (Kid-friendly) Chickpea Curry

Serves 8 or more

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 28 oz can Hunt’s diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Hunt’s tomato paste
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 4 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 small sweet potato, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1/2  teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • juice of 1/2 lime

In a large pot over medium heat, saute onion in coconut oil until translucent. Add garlic and saute for one minute. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and coconut milk; stir together until well blended. Add chickpeas and sweet potato. Add fresh ginger and spices; stir well and cover. Simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and stir in lime juice. Allow to sit 5 minutes; serve.

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  1. I have never cooked with curry. That may have to change after seeing this recipe.
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  2. Hummmm…I know my son in law would love this! He eats salsa everyday!

  3. I know curry is supposed to be really good for you, but I’m just not a fan of Indian food. That’s great that your kids love it!
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  4. I love chick peas!! There are simply not enough chick pea recipes to go around!! Thank you!
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  5. This looks awesome, we love chickpeas in our house and my boys are pretty adventurous eaters so I def think I will whip up a batch and see how it goes over! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. That looks so amazing! I love all the spices.
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  7. Angela S says:

    I absolutely love curry but have never made it myself. This is doable!

  8. I love curry and all the flavor, but have definitely steered away from those kinds of dishes because of my kids. I think we’ll have to try this kid-friendly version!
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  9. I LOVE chickpeas! This looks delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try!
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  10. your pictures are beautiful, I am not sure if my kids would eat this but I will have to try it.
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  11. That looks so yummy and I’m a huge fan of chickpeas. I just pinned it and am going to make that!
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  12. I’ve never cooked with curry but my husband loves it. I’m going to try this recipe! It looks so yummy!
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  13. My daughter has always loved any kind of curry. I’m going to have to show her this recipe.

  14. Maria Oller says:

    I love chickpeas and I need to try the curry I might wait till the baby is evicted but this looks wonderful.

  15. This sounds great, is it really spicey to the taste? I typically only buy Hunts when I make homemade salsa.
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  16. I’ve never tried curry before…you make it look super delicious!! I must try!
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  17. I have never tried curry before! My family loves it though – I would need to tone down the spices though for me! I’m a baby!
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  18. This looks fantastic, thank you so much! We love curries here and eat them alot, and would you believe, we haven’t yet made a chickpea curry? Well, that’s about to change…
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  19. We love curry but have never had chickpea in it. This looks really good!

  20. Yum. I love the sweet potato in it.
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  21. I’ve never fed my kid chickpeas or curry!!! I wonder if they would eat it? I’d probably have to lie about what it was!
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