Indian Rice and Chickpeas with Quick-Steamed Greens Recipe - Vegetarian Times

Indian Rice and Chickpeas with Quick-Steamed Greens

Indian Rice and Chickpeas with Quick-Steamed Greens

Prepared Madras curry sauce (found in the international section of most well-stocked supermarkets) seasons brown rice and chickpeas for a spicy one-dish meal that gets a bright burst of color from steamed greens. For a complete meal, stir a spoonful of curry sauce into plain yogurt and serve on the side along with mango chutney and some warmed naan.

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  • 2/3 cup brown basmati rice, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup mild or medium Madras curry sauce, divided
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced (1 ½ cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, or one 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 5-oz. pkg. baby spinach/kale blend (5 cups)


Combine rice with ¼ cup curry sauce and 1 2⁄3 cups water in small saucepan. Bring to boil, stir, reduce heat to low, cover tightly, and simmer 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, 5 minutes.

Heat large (10-inch) skillet over medium heat and mist with olive oil cooking spray. Add onion, and sauté 7 to 8 minutes, or until browned and softened. Stir in chickpeas, remaining ½ cup curry sauce, and ¼ cup water. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until hot and saucy (add 1 to 2 Tbs. water if mixture seems dry). Add greens to skillet on top of chickpea mixture. Cover, and cook 1 minute more, or until greens are wilted. Stir mixture to combine, cover, and cook 1 minute more. Stir in rice, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: serves 4
  • Calories: 285
  • Carbohydrate Content: 49 g
  • Fat Content: 7 g
  • Fiber Content: 8 g
  • Protein Content: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 400 mg
  • Sugar Content: 9 g