Easiest Indian Stew
A thick vegetarian stew made from pantry staples, such as rice, spices, and canned chickpeas, is enlivened with a bit of yogurt and lime. Curry powder, an Indian blend of spices, is a timesaving source of layered flavor; ground ginger brings a quick dash of citrusy warmth.
Everyday Food, December 2008
- Prep Time 15 minutes
- Total Time 25 minutes
- Yield Serves 4
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon curry powder, plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3 cups homemade or best-quality store-bought tomato sauce
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish
- 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- Cook rice according to package instructions; cover, and keep warm.
- While rice is cooking, heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add curry powder and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add tomato sauce, chickpeas, and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Serve stew with rice and yogurt, garnished with lime wedges and a pinch of curry.
Sauteing the ground spices in oil for a minute releases their aroma. Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, have a mild, nutty flavor.
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