This is one of my favorite dishes, and it’s actually one of the first recipes I made when I started my blog. So many things have changed since then:
- The husband is no longer scared/skeptical of quinoa, and actually asks for it from time to time
- This recipe took me 50% less time to make because my skills in the kitchen have improved
- The photographs in this post have all been updated (and are a far cry from what my photos looked like in the early days of blogging!)
- Trader Joe’s now has whole wheat tandoori naan flatbread: in the original recipe, I just used the regular version which has 6g less fiber than this version
- 1 medium onion, chopped (I used a red onion)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (I actually used about 4 cloves garlic for more flavor)
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger (I think I used a little more than 1 Tbsp)
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 1/2 teaspoons good curry powder (or adjust to taste) (I ended up using closer to 1 Tbsp)
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne or other ground red pepper (or to taste) (I used 1/4 tsp and along with the high quality curry powder, it was quite spicy)
- 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa because it has a bit more fiber than regular)
- salt to taste (Definitely don’t omit this step – this recipe needs salt added, otherwise it will taste bland!)
- Whole wheat pita, or toasted whole wheat bread, or whole wheat Naan Flatbread
Part 2: Tomato “Salsa” & Other Toppings (I added this to give some more dimension & texture to the meal)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered/halved
- Diced red onion
- Diced red bell pepper
- A few squirts of lemon juice
- Pinch of salt
- Mixed greens / baby romaine – chopped
Step 1: Chop your veggies, cook the quinoa according to package directions, and heat up your flatbread.
Step 2: Heat a medium-sized, non-stick sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and a sprinkle of salt and cook, stirring, until onions soften. Add garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the chickpeas, curry powder, and cayenne pepper, and stir briefly. Add the tomatoes and cooked quinoa, reduce heat to low, and cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Add salt to taste.
Step 3: Mix tomatoes, onions, red peppers, lemon juice and salt together. Make flatbreads: Top your pita/bread base with chopped romaine/baby greens, 1 serving of the chickpea / quinoa mixture, and the tomato salsa.
Yes, it tastes as good as it looks The chickpea/quinoa mixture actually reminded me a bit of channa masala – with a twist. The leftover curry was great with regular naan and 0% Greek yogurt.