Indian Chickpeas in Tea

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A vegetarian Indian dish with a little kick! Easy and very flavorful, it's my favorite way to cook chickpeas! Serve over basmati rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers (such as RO*TEL®), drained

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

  • 3 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 1 ¼ cups brewed black tea

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic in hot oil until onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Stir tomatoes with green chile peppers into the onion mixture; cook until the tomatoes darken in color, about 8 minutes; add ginger and cook until ginger is fragrant, about 2 minutes more.

  3. Stir chickpeas, black tea, lemon juice, salt, cumin, garam masala, and coriander into the tomato mixture; bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, loosely cover the skillet, and cook at a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the tea has nearly evaporated completely, 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with parsley.

Cook's Notes:

For a more robust flavor, omit the ground coriander and instead use 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro.

If you are sensitive to spicy things, get the 'mild' version of the RO*TEL(R) tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

279 Calories
11g Fat
39g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 279
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 1193mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 15mg 74%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 400mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.