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Coconut-Ginger Chickpeas & Tomatoes

This is my go-to quick dish. When you add tomatoes, you can also toss in some chopped green peppers (jalapenos, if you like heat) to make it even more colorful. —Mala Udayamurthy, San Jose, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (about 1-1/3 cups)
  • 3 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 4-1/2 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • Additional minced fresh cilantro, optional


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook and stir until crisp-tender. Add tomatoes, jalapeno and ginger; cook and stir 2-3 minutes longer or until tender.
  • Stir in chickpeas, water and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-5 minutes or until liquid is almost evaporated. Remove from heat; stir in coconut milk and cilantro.
  • Serve with rice; sprinkle with additional cilantro if desired.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup chickpea mixture with 3/4 cup rice: 402 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 590mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 10g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • misspk
    Apr 12, 2014

    Always looking for delicious, nutritious meatless suppers and this one filled the bill. We love exotic flavors and the ginger, coconut, jalapeno, and cilantro were perfectly yummy! I shared it with a co-worker for lunch the next day and it was declared a keeper. I had all the ingredients on hand which made it a great last minute dish, as well.

  • gypsymal
    Jan 2, 2014

    This is a five star dish. I had it tonight and every one liked it. I did not have a fresh jalapeno so I used my pickled sliced ones and finely diced them was perfect. Will use fresh the next time.