Curried Quinoa and Chickpeas Recipe
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Curried Quinoa and Chickpeas Recipe

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Quinoa contains more protein than other grains, and that protein is of unusually high quality for a plant food. That makes this a great filling main dish and the blend of flavors and colors will bring everyone at the table back for more. —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 355 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 9g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water and orange juice to a boil. Stir in chickpeas, tomatoes, red pepper, quinoa, onion, raisins and curry. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  2. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork. Sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Originally published as Curried Quinoa and Chickpeas in Healthy Cooking June/July 2011, p61

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Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 183241
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"I liked this well enough, but I wouldn't make it again, because my son hated it. He ate it cause I bribed him with DQ, but he hates raisins and without them this would be really boring. If I made this again for myself only, I'd use less water, more OJ & more curry."

Veg4life User ID: 7216751 149689
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"Loved this receipe ! My kids ages 4 and 7 gobbled it up. I added 1/2 cup of water than what it called for as we'll as fresh diced carrots. I also added a dash of turmeric and cumin for more spice and omitted the raisins."

pshaud User ID: 3330444 212318
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"Wonderful main dish. I added a few cut up yams which I partially microwaved, and used a can of diced tomatoes."

mksd12 User ID: 5838152 123314
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2012

"Delicious. I was hesitant about the raisins since I don't care for raisins in things like oatmeal etc, but they really complimented the dish. Even my husband who is a meat and potatoes man enjoyed this. Good hot or cold"

kalissa User ID: 1780084 194474
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I am dabbling with vegan cooking at least 3 nights per week because meat has become nearly unaffordable for me, a single mom, but I'm finding a lot of great recipes out there and they are growing on me. My 12-yr old son and boyfriend both loved this recipe as did I. I did my dried chickpeas from scratch in a pressure cooker and they were ready to go in about 1 hr 45 mins. I am going to try this with pineapple juice instead of orange for more of a thai flavor. I used golden raisins. Love the curry! I actually added more. This made enough for 2 family meals plus 2 lunches for me to take to work- where I made coworkers salivate with the delightful fragrance of this dish heating in the microwave. This dish will also freeze well, and it's very economical. About $5 for the entire recipe."

camberc User ID: 1192727 116217
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"I thought this was a little bland so I added salt. Please don't judge me. I also thought the raisins got a bit overdone being in for the full cooking time, so next time I'd wait until halfway through to add them. Great dish, though! I enjoyed it both hot and cold."

LH373A User ID: 2556051 131922
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"I adore the smell of curry, and this was so easy. The orange juice adds a wonderful flavor."

annikins03 User ID: 5845690 193467
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"This recipe is delicious and slightly sweet with the raisins. It works as a main dish or a side."

harland User ID: 2510912 126608
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2011

"Made this last night and it's great. Took it to a pot luck, so I doubled it and changed it from a hot to a cold dish. I added the red bell pepper and onion to the cooked quinoa while it was still warm, then spread everything out on a baking sheet, so it would cool down quickly. Added chopped cilantro just before serving. Also, I didn't have any fresh tomatoes, so I drained a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilis and added to the pot before adding the quinoa. I also threw in about 1/2 tsp of kosher salt. This dish will definitely be part of my meal rotation plan."

hamrthroer User ID: 6007802 212317
Reviewed May. 26, 2011

"Thank you for the informative lesson on Vegetarians! Especially for Turning Chickens, Turkey, Fish etc. into plants! I wish I knew 10 years ago that it was OK to call myself a vegetarian and eat certain animals! You have opened my eyes and I say Thank You!"

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