Saturday, May 23, 2020

Chickpea Dumplings in Curried Tomato Sauce by @DeniseSwanson

I discovered this recipe during Lent. The tender chickpea-flour dumplings with chiles and greens make a healthy meatless dinner that still has plenty of protein. I will warn you that it is spicy and you may want to adjust some of the ingredients if you prefer a milder dish.

 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
 4 cups finely chopped spinach, divided
 ⅓ cup canola oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided
 ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
 ¼ cup whole-milk plain yogurt
 ¼ cup finely chopped jalapeño pepper
 ½ teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided
 2 teaspoons coriander 
 1 teaspoon cumin 
 1 teaspoon mustard 
 1 tablespoon curry powder
 1  teaspoon powdered ginger
 1 (15 ounce) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

Mix flour, 1/2 cup greens, 1/3 cup oil, onion, yogurt,  jalapeño and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. 

 Shape into 12 dumplings.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add coriander, cumin and mustard; cover and cook about 30 seconds. 

Stir in curry powder and ginger, then add tomatoes and their juice and tomato sauce; stir to combine. 

Stir in the remaining 3 1/2 cups greens and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer.

Nestle the dumplings into the sauce, cover and cook, turning the dumplings over and basting with the sauce occasionally, until tender, about 20 minutes.


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  1. This sounds like a great veggie meal. I'll have to look for some chickpea flour. Chickpeas I have. Flour I don't.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  2. This sounds terrific. I don't eat enough veggie meals and I love curries.

  3. I was surprised that our grocery had chickpea flour! It turned out to be a nice hearty flour that I ended up using for other savory recipes.