Curries usually take a bit of time and effort to cook so I wanted to try one that didn’t take too long to make. This curry was easy to throw together and the cook time was pretty fast. I used a basic blend of turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, fenugreek, cloves, bay leaves, and coriander for the curry seasoning. The half teaspoon of turmeric was all it took to turn this dish into a bright yellow curry! The flavors were as vibrant as the color and the tofu, chickpeas and green peas worked great together. The milk and cream gave it a richness that heightened the curry flavors. The creaminess reminded me a lot of Thai coconut curries, just without the coconut flavor. The recipe worked nicely with a side of rice which I spooned into the bowl generously!
Tofu and Chickpea Curry with Green Peas
- 2 yellow onions chopped
- 8 oz tomato paste
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 package firm tofu cut into 1 cubes
- 30 oz chickpeas rinsed
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup water
- 1 jalapeno minced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 inch knob ginger minced
- 1 1/2 cups green peas
- 2 bay leaf
- 2 tsp cumin ground
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
- 1/4 tsp cloves ground
- 1/2 tsp fenugreek ground
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp coriander ground
- salt and pepper to taste
- cilantro chopped for garnish
- 4 servings rice optional
In a bowl, mix the cinnamon, cloves, and cumin together. Saute for a minute in a pan until the spices smell toasted and fragrant.
In a large saute pan, heat the oil and saute the onions for 7-8 minutes on medium high heat.
Add the jalapeno, tomato paste, garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Stir in the turmeric, fenugreek, chili powder, and coriander. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the chickpeas, tofu, and green peas gently (try not to break apart the tofu cubes).
Add the milk, heavy cream, toasted spice blend and bay leaf, water and stir. Bring the mixture to a boil.
Turn down the heat and cook for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens a little.
Serve with rice and garnish with cilantro leaves.