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Curried Quinoa and Chickpeas

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 355 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 9g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • moxiewoman
    Feb 28, 2015

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  • Igraine32
    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
    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
    Jan 30, 2013

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

  • lbaldauf
    Jan 15, 2013

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  • mksd12
    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

  • ejshellabarger
    Jan 20, 2012

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  • kalissa
    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.

  • wisdom6
    Jul 7, 2011

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  • camberc
    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.