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Masala Chickpeas

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A handful of individuals that I have come across state that their previous attempts to eat healthier have failed due to food choices being flavorless, repetitive, as well as time-consuming. I always have had a passion to help people believe that healthy and nourishing food choices can definitely be simple, flavorful, and diverse.  This masala chickpeas recipe is a perfect example of that!

This recipe provides an aromatic blend of flavors made with ingredients such as ground spices, tomatoes, onions, ginger and garlic paste. I created the masala chickpeas in less than 20 minutes but it tastes like I spent hours creating this hearty and warming dish.  It also is great recipe to make in bulk for weekly meal prepping which saves so much time on busy days. If you are looking for a meal that is both good for you and enjoyable to eat, this recipe can be a game changer. 

Masala Chickpeas Recipe


Servings: About 2 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 13 minutes 

Total Time: about 18 minutes

Author: Huma Naz


  • 1, 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas, drained and rinsed 

  • 1 large bell pepper(orange, yellow, or red), Julienne cut 

  • 1 medium to small onion, chopped 

  • 1 large tomato, chopped

  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste, no salt added

  • 1/2 tbsp. ginger and garlic paste 

  • About 1/2 tsp. each of ground turmeric, coriander powder, black pepper, chili powder, garam masala, cumin seeds (Adjust spices per preference) 

  • Pinch of salt(optional)

  • Drizzle of oil- I usually use olive or avocado oil  (adjust amount as needed)


  1. On medium heat, lightly drizzle oil in a cooking pan and toss in onion, tomatoes, spices, and ginger garlic paste.  Sauté all these ingredients for about 2-3 minutes until fragrant- watch to prevent burning. While sautéing, slightly mash the tomatoes with your cooking utensil.  

  2. Then, add in chickpeas, bell peppers, and tomato paste. Mix all the ingredients together well and cook for about 10 more minutes, stirring in between.  

  3.  Plate the masala chickpeas and garnish with serrano peppers and cilantro(optional).  You can serve this with whole grain pita bread, quinoa, brown rice or other grains for added fiber. 


Recipe Notes:

  • If you want to make this dish a bit creamy, you can add plain yogurt or coconut milk while it simmers. 

  • If you make this recipe in bulk, you can refrigerate it in an air tight container for about 3-5 days or freeze it for later use.  

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