My friend Atul makes a awesome spicy garbanzo bean curry with lots of spices. Every time we have had a get together, I have him make garbanzo curry – spicy for him and I and not so spicy for the kids and the wives. So I invited him and his family to cook at our place! I was going to make the dessert and appetizer and he was to make his famous garbanzo beans curry. I am into cooking with organic spices and vegetables and as for him, he does not care. So it was interesting to see him cook at our place with the organic spices. When he cooks, he goes by the aroma of the cooking to figure out if he needs to add more of certain spices. He added the spices according to what he was used to at his home and somehow he did not seem sure the aroma was quite right. So he had to finally taste it and it tasted a little stronger. He looks at me and asks me “Where did you buy the spices from?”. I said “definitely not from the Indian store as the spices are neither fresh nor organic. I said I get them online via Frontier coop or from PCC, the organic grocery store that sells spices in bulk.”. I looked puzzled and asked him “What’s wrong? Don’t you like the spices that I have?” He said he likes them but they seem to be stronger. So I said to him “well, that is the way they are supposed to be as they are fresher!” In the end, he made some adjustments and the dish turned out excellent.
The curry can be eaten with bread (naan, roti or any soft bread) or rice. You can eat it by adding a dollop of yogurt and mixing it in the curry.
Atul’s Spicy Garbanzo Bean Curry
You can eat the curry with either rice or bread (naan, roti or any soft bread). You can also add a few spoons of yogurt to the curry and eat as is.
1 can garbanzo bean curry (15oz or 500 grams)
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
(1/4 teaspoon for less spicy curry)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
In a medium saucepan, heat oil on medium heat. Once the oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds and fry till they start splattering. Make sure to have the lid handy. Then add the cumin seeds and fry for 20 seconds or so. Then add the cayenne pepper and fry for 10 seconds or so. Then add water. It will sizzle and that is the effect you want. Then add the garbanzo beans, coriander powder, turmeric powder and sea salt. Cook covered for 20 minutes or so.
Makes enough for 4 people