Cheap Chickpea Curry in a Hurry

Organic Experiment Chickpea Curry Kale WrapChickpea curry is a quick, easy and flavourful go to for a hearty and frugal meal. If you get tired of having curry on rice all of the time try making a kale wrap with it.  Just steam a dinosaur kale leaf until it is limp enough to roll without cracking and stuff it with brown rice, some chickpea curry and roll it up like a burrito – except this version is gluten-free.  I squeeze a 1/4 of an organic lemon on top before digging in.  TIP: save your organic lemon wedges for juicing the next morning.  There’s always juice left in them and they make green juice in the morning extra tasty.  Here’s the recipe…

Cheap Chickpea Curry in a Hurry

1 medium onion
1/4 cup finely minced garlic
1 tbsp organic olive oil
1 540ml tin of organic chickpeas (or 1 3/4 cups cooked from dry)
1 tbsp organic curry powder
1/4 tsp organic cayenne powder
10 curry leaves
1 cup organic coconut water
1/2 tin organic tomato paste
4 chopped medjool dates
juice from 1 small lemon
sea salt
cracked black pepper


Saute onion and garlic in oil in a heavy pot
If using canned chickpeas, rinse well before tossing them in the pot
Add curry powder, cayenne powder and stir over high heat for 2 – 3 minutes
Lower heat to low simmer
Add curry leaves, coconut water and tomato paste
Season with salt and pepper
Remove pits from dates and chop up then toss the dates into the pot with everything else
Let it cook on a slow simmer for 20 minutes
Taste for seasoning
Just before serving add the lemon juice – or you could use apple cider vinegar to taste

While the curry is cooking, throw 1 cup of brown rice in a pot with 2 cups of water.  You can use the rice in the kale wraps and for a lunch later in the week. This recipe easily makes two large curry kale wraps and at least one lunch.  Not bad for a $2 can of chickpeas, some spices, 1/2 a can of coconut water and a few dates. If you want to make the recipe even more budget savvy, buy dried chickpeas. This takes the hurry out of this version of curry but you will save some money.

Frugally yours,
Anita (@OrganicExpert)


  • November 12, 2012

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  • i love both chickpeas and greenpeas, although chickpeas has that distinctive nutty taste that i like.

    Rogelio JenniferJanuary 10, 2013
    • Chickpeas are so versatile. In fact, I have some soaking for cooking right now. Cooking from dry is a far more cost effective way to buy organic chickpeas.

      OrganicExpertJanuary 12, 2013

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