Richly Spiced Garbanzo Masala

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins

The masala sauce makes this dish one of our absolute favorite comfort-food meals. Serve with brown rice or a large fresh salad. Or both.


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp garam masala or any curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp masala paste
  • 800g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 800g canned garbanzo beans, drained
  • Fresh coriander to serve


  1. Melt coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and fry for 1 minute until fragrant, then add the onion and fry for another 7-10 minutes until softened.
  2. Put the ginger, green chilli and garlic into the pan, and cook for 2-3 mins. Add the spices and masala paste and cook for a further 2 mins until fragrant.
  3. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer, then tip in the garbanzo beans and cook for a further 20 mins until thickened. Season to taste.
  4. Serve with brown rice or a baked sweet potato, or just on its own with a coriander garnish.

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