Spicy Chickpeas w Brown Rice

This week’s recipe is for Spicy Plant Based Chickpeas With Brown Rice. I know I’m biased, but it tastes amazing, especially on the second day. The flavours just seem to blend together beautifully.

The first time I made it, I added too many green chillies and nearly blew my head off! Needless to say, the recipe below has a lovely balance of flavours so hopefully this won’t happen to you.

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The presentation at the Experimental Biology Conference went on to reveal that:

Children who ate beans not only had greater intakes of fiber (more than one-third higher), magnesium, and potassium, but showed a trend toward reduced risk of being overweight. Bean-consumers between the ages of 12 and 19 weighed seven pounds less and had nearly an inch smaller waist circumference than their non-bean-consuming peers.

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I hope you enjoy this Spicy Plant Based Chickpeas With Brown Rice dish as much as I do!

Spicy Chickpeas w Brown Rice

Plant-Based Spicy Chickpeas with Brown Rice

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings


  • Pots
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sharp paring knives
  • Measuring jug


  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder to suit your taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 400 g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 800 g cans of chickpeas drained and rinsed. You can use your own cooked from dry ones as well.
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 4 tablespoons fresh coriander chopped
  • fresh lemon juice
  • brown rice cook as per the packet instructions


  • Put the brown rice on to cook, then take a large pot and add the cumin seeds to it without adding any oil or water. Cook until they start to jump.
  • Add an inch or so of cold water then add the chopped onions. Stir to mix with the cumin seeds until the onions become transparent - about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the ground turmeric, chilli powder and coriander and stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the chickpeas, tomatoes and green chilli then stir together. Add a little water now if you like to have some sauce. Cook for 10 minutes then stir in the garam masala and a couple of tablespoons of the lemon juice.
  • Have a taste. If you'd like more lemon juice add more. If you'd like more sauce, add a bit more water. Stir in the coriander and it's now ready to serve.
  • Spoon over the brown rice and serve with your choice of veg. I had some Brussels sprouts and cabbage with it. Delish!

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