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Dinner at West Street Grill

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Stop by West Street Grill in Litchfield and experience the gorgeous setting and taste their delicious Chickpea Curry.  Check out their menu at www.weststreetgrill.com.  Below is the recipe for Chickpea Curry. Enjoy!

CHICKPEA CURRY

Ingredients

4 16oz cans of chickpeas (drained) or 2 ¼ cups dry chickpeas (soaked overnight, drained & rinsed)

1/3 cup grapeseed, sunflower oil, or coconut oil

1 tsp whole cumin seeds

2 medium sweet onions, diced

1 finely diced jalapeno (or more to your taste) or one large chile d’arbol

Liquid/Stock

1 can of pureed San Marzano tomatoes (28oz)

4-6 cups filtered water or half water/half coconut water

Spice Mixture

3 tsp hot curry powder

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp powdered ginger

1 tsp turmeric

2 tsp sea salt

¼ cup filtered water

Mix spices with the water, and allow to stand 5-10 minutes

Directions

If using dry chickpeas, cook over low-medium heat for 1-1/2 hours, covered in water at all times

In a large stainless steel pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat

Add the cumin seeds and cook, stirring until they start to pop (1-2 minutes)

Add the onions and jalapeno, reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes or so, stirring often

Add the spice mixture to the onions and jalapenos, and cook for 5 minutes

Add the tomatoes to the pot, stirring well

Add the chickpeas and coat well

Add water to almost cover the chickpeas.

Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low.

Cook for 20-30 minutes

Season with the sea salt and stir from time to time to blend the flavors

Add more water if dry, or raise the heat to reduce liquid if too wet

Best if made 1-2 days in advance, as this matures absorbs the flavors (at this point, you may have to add a little liquid.  Ie, low sodium tomato juice, vegetable stock or filtered water)

Serve with diced cucumbers and with coconut yogurt

This recipe appears to be somewhat complex, but is in essence, very simple, and quick and easy to prepare.

Spice blends are available Online from Penzeys Spices or from Cosmos International in West Hartford