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Sri Lankan Spiced Chickpeas

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This Sri Lankan ‘devilled’ chickpea dish is healthy and delicious and packs a spice punch with turmeric, cumin, mustard, black pepper, coconut and more. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, as an accompaniment to couscous and greens for lunch or as a healthy snack. 


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil 

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

  • 1/2 tsp each of turmeric and cumin powder

  • Handful of curry leaves 

  • 3 dried red chillies, chopped into large chunks, or chilli flakes can be used as a substitute for dried chillies, or omit chilli if it does not suit you

  • 1 medium sized onion, diced

  • 1 cup chickpeas, rinsed and soaked overnight

  • ½ cup shredded coconut

  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves and stalks to garnish

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Boil the chickpeas until they are cooked but notoverly soft and mushy (they need to hold form when cooking later). Drain and set aside.

  • Heat the coconut oil in a medium sized frying pan

  • Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves and sautee until you hear the seeds pop

  • Add the onions and sautee until they become slightly translucent and fragrant

  • Add the chilli, spices, salt and pepper

  • Add the chickpeas and coconut. Mix well for a few minutes until heated through and combined well with other ingredients. 

  • Serve into bowls, top with coriander and serve while warm