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Quick Chickpea Curry

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Category: Indian, Vegetarian

 Ingredients List

  • 1 1/2 c Dried chickpeas; picked over
  • -and rinsed
  • 1 tb Oil
  • 1 tb Cumin seed
  • 1 tb Black mustard seeds;
  • -(optional)
  • 1/2 ts Fenugreek or fennel seeds
  • 1 ts Ground coriander
  • 3/4 ts Ground turmeric
  • 3/4 ts Ground cinnamon
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/8 ts Ground red pepper or crushed
  • -red pepper; (1/8 to 1/4)
  • 1 lg Onion; coarsely chopped
  • 1 tb Fresh ginger root; grated or
  • -3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 c Water; (2 to 3) or vegetable
  • -broth unsalted or lightly
  • -salted
  • 3 c Loosely packed chopped fresh
  • -spinach; Swiss chard, beet
  • -greens, watercress, or
  • -arugula, or one
  • 1 pk Frozen chopped spinach; (10
  • -ounce) thawed and excess
  • -moisture squeezed out
  • 2 lg Plum tomatoes; coarsely
  • -chopped or 1 large
  • -beefsteak tomato
  • Sea salt or tamari soy sauce


1. To "speed-soak" chickpeas: In 6-quart pressure cooker, combine 4 cups
water and the beans. (If using a jiggle-top cooker, add 1 1/2 tablespoons
oil.) Lock lid into place and heat to high pressure over high heat. Reduce
heat just enough to maintain high pressure and cook 3 minutes. Let pressure
drop naturally for 10 to 15 minutes (see " Releasing Pressure"). Or
"slow-soak" chickpeas: Eight to 12 hours before cooking, in large bowl,
combine chickpeas and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Cover bowl and set
chickpeas aside to soak.

2. Drain soaked chickpeas, rinse, and set aside. In 4- or 6-quart pressure
cooker, heat oil over medium heat. Add cumin, mustard, and fenugreek seeds
and toast, stirring constantly, until they begin to pop and emit a fragrant
aroma - 20 to 30 seconds. (Spices can burn easily, so pay close attention,
if they begin to darken as soon as they are added, turn off heat, and toast
in residual heat, stirring constantly.)

3. Stir in coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, bay leaf, and red pepper. Add
onion and ginger. Cook, stirring, until onion begins to soften - 1 to 2
minutes. Stir in chickpeas and just enough of the water to cover.

4. Lock lid into place, heat to high pressure over high heat. Reduce heat
to just enough to maintain high pressure and cook 10 minutes. Let pressure
drop naturally for 10 minutes (see " Releasing Pressure"). Remove lid,
opening it away from you, to allow any remaining steam to escape.

5. If chickpeas are not tender, lock lid back into place and return to high
pressure a few more minutes. Reduce pressure using quick-release method.

6. To thicken curry, with slotted spoon, remove about 1 cup of chickpeas to
bowl and mash well with fork or puree in food processor. Stir back into
cooker. Remove bay leaf.

7. Stir spinach, tomatoes, and salt to taste into curry. Simmer until
spinach is cooked - 2 to 3 minutes.

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