Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are a great source of fiber and protein.
One cup (164 grams) of cooked chickpeas contains roughly (6):
- Calories: 269
- Protein: 14.5 grams
- Fiber: 12.5 grams
- Folate (vitamin B9): 71% of the RDI
- Manganese: 84% of the RDI
- Copper: 29% of the RDI
- Iron: 26% of the RDI
While they have become more popular recently, chickpeas have been grown in Middle Eastern countries for thousands of years.
Their nutty taste and grainy texture pairs well with several other foods and ingredients.
As a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, chickpeas may offer a variety of health benefits, such as improving digestion, aiding weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases.
Additionally, chickpeas are high in protein and make an excellent replacement for meat in vegetarian and vegan diets.
Chickpea Tikka Masala
- 2 cans chickpeas 15 oz, drained
- 2 cans diced tomatoes 15 oz
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 6 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
- 4 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 1 cup bell pepper diced
- If you are using the optional items, heat coconut oil in a heavy saucepan and add vegetables. Cook until onion is translucent.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Serve with rice and garnish with cilantro.