Coconut Chickpea Stew + Why I am mad..{Meatless Monday}

I am extremely furious & feel stupid right now because I accidentally deleted all the pictures from Picassa Album which is linked to my blog.

Arghh…Arghhhhhhhhhh and just found out that I cannot retrieve them. I feel helpless and wish I could quickly undo it and everything will be okay. But I know that its not happening and all I can do is- learn from it, always back up my pictures, and read instructions carefully! 

Few hours later & two cups of coffee, I feel much better.. Maybe it happened for a reason- an opportunity for me to redo the recipes and take better photographs or something. But for now I need to stop dwelling on it and hope that I will be able to upload them soon. But until then, please bear with it.
Lets talk something happy..where there is food, friends and lot of relaxation! I had three day long vacation in Fort Collins, Colorado. First- it was not enough, it never is. Everything about Fort Collins was so laid back – the city, people, and the whole environment. I was dreading the cold weather little bit but it stayed pretty nice, no snow or anything. It was a extremely relaxing trip , lots of delicious food, healthy thanksgiving meal, and endless conversation with my friends. And I also fell in love with roasted Brussels sprouts. 

but for now vacation is over.. 

and I came home to a almost empty fridge/pantry..I did not have motivation to go grocery shopping and used whatever ingredients I had at home to make this stew. Its actually a prime example of sheer laziness turned deliciousness.

Its similar to chana masala (very classic Indian Chickpea curry) that I made before minus the coconut milk & leek. Coconut milk added a lot of creaminess and slight sweetness. Leek gave a lot of texture while the garam masala and chili balanced the sweetness from coconut milk. Its another one pot dish like the chipotle turkey chili.

Coconut Chickpea Stew
3-4 servings

1-15 oz can chickpea, rinsed, drained
1 small red onions, chopped
1 leek, chopped (only pale, white parts)
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 cup coconut milk
2-3 green chili, chopped
2 cup tomato sauce (I used Pregos Roasted Garlic & Herbs)
2-3 tablespoon garam masala
2 tablespoon oil
Salt, to taste
-In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, sautee onions, leek, and garlic together for 5-6 minutes or until they are little soft
-In a small bowl, mix 1 cup of coconut milk and 1 cup tomato sauce then pour it to the sauce pan. Let it simmer for few minutes
-Add chickpeas, green chili, garam masala and stir everything until it comes to boil, lower the heat
-The mixture will start to thicken up and then add the additional tomato sauce and coconut milk
-Continue simmering it until the liquid reduces to a desired consistency
-Adjust spices & salt and enjoy it hot 
It’s great as stew or pairs well with any grains (rice, couscous) or bread. 
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  1. says

    @Dixya – this looks so good.. never had coconut curry with chickpeas. SO sorry about your pictures.. but it looks like all the pictures on your blog are still up and working. I’m sorry! I learned about backing up the hard way too. :)

  2. says

    Ahh that’s SO annoying about the pictures…I’m so sorry! I can only imagine your frustration but it’s’ nice to see that you are trying to somewhat see the silver lining (e.g. redo the recipes)! This recipe sounds delicious…I love chickpea stews, especially tagine over cous cous :)!

  3. says

    Oh man! I had a similar experience last year when my ENTIRE blog disappeared. Have you tried contacting Picasa? You may get lucky…there could be a way to get your pictures back!

    In the meantime, this is a fabulous soup! Coconut is one of my most favorite ingredients so I’m alll over this dish :)

    • says

      I was not able to get it back but i am trying to upload everything slowly :( lesson learned!

      The stew turned out very well, coconut makes everything taste so good.

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