Curried Chickpeas

So my daughter comes to me one day and says, “Mom, I want to be a vegetarian.”

At 10 years old it has always been a challenge getting the child to eat meat. As it stood, she only ate meat that, by appearance, made no reference to its animal roots. So…chicken nuggets, yes. Chicken legs, no. And beef was absolutely out of the question.

I already have a pretty good arsenal of vegetarian recipes…just cuz. So over the next week or two I gave her a taste (literally) of life as a vegetarian. This was one of her first dinners that week. I intentionally started out with something she’d already eaten and liked.

Nik’s Curried Chickpeas


1 lb. chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
Optional: sliced raw carrots (did not use this time but I usually do)
10 oz. vegetable stock
10 oz. light coconut milk
4 c. water
1/2 tbsp each of cumin and coriander
2-3 heaping tablespoons curry powder (whatever kind you like to use)
Optional: 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (don’t use if you don’t like spicy food)


Open your bag of beans and inspect it for fragments of other stuff. It happens when they are bagged.

Place your onion, garlic and carrots (if you are using) in the bottom of your crockpot and put your beans on top of them.

Then add your spices and all your liquid.

Let your slow cooker go on low for about 5 or 6  hours or until chickpeas are tender.

I would imagine if I were a vegetarian, I’d label this vegetarian comfort food. I dunno. The diva liked it BUT… she decided a week later, in the face of Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets, that she wants to be 98% vegetarian.


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  1. My daughter is a part time vegetarian so thanks for this recipe! I am always looking for things that the both of us can eat. She is very picky but I think she might actually like this!

  2. We've gone through this at my house, too, but mainly dependent on my DS's girlfriend of the moment. If she's vegetarian, well then, so is he! (until they break up, of course…)

    We call it "flexitarian" – and honestly, it really did make my cooking more creative, and we still have at least 2-3 vegetarian dinners a week!

    These chickpeas sound really good, btw 🙂

  3. Nik, I bet this would be awesome (not to mention add some protein) with some homemade Paneer cheese cubed into it. ~Ally

  4. I decided I was never eating meat again at 9 years old and here I am 20 years, one sleeve-complication-revision to bypass, later and I still stand by my declaration. I’ve never wavered. This recipe looks amazing and it’s so great that you’re supporting your daughter in this decision!

    • I am very interested in plant based diets. I know a few post-ops who follow a plant based diet and do just fine with protein. I need to look more into it. My daughter is always nudging me! She’s not following a totally plant-based diet anymore, but she still eats many no-meat meals. Right now her obsession is Nigerian food. 😉

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