Butter Chickpeas is a vegetarian version of the classic Butter Chicken. An easy, loaded with flavor, butter chickpea curry will rival any butter chicken that you have ever tasted!!! A must try recipe.
Remember the butter chicken pasta that I shared few days ago? We have come up with another creative twist to the all time favorite butter chicken.
What is Butter Chickpeas?
In simpler terms, it is butter chicken made with chickpeas instead of chicken. Clever, right? (A humble brag😊). It tastes exactly like butter chicken but made vegetarian. You need to taste to believe.
Canned chickpeas are one my all time favorite pantry staple when looking quick weeknight dinner ideas. It is readily stocked in the pantry, ready to go in matter of seconds, healthy, packed with protein and incredibly versatile.
Butter – Ain’t butter chickpeas without butter! You can use salted or unsalted butter, but make sure that you adjust salt accordingly.
Onion, ginger and garlic – No Indian recipe is complete without these three.
Tomato – Tomato puree is one of the key ingredients in the recipe. Traditional butter chicken recipes call for blanched and pureed tomatoes, however this recipe uses canned tomato sauce for convenience.
Spices – Cumin seeds, kasoori methi, cayenne, coriander, turmeric and garam masala powders
Cashews – Powdered cashews not only adds creaminess but helps to thicken the sauce.
Chickpeas – I have used canned chickpeas, but you love to cook your own then use 3 cups of cooked chickpeas instead.
Heavy cream – It makes the sauce silky smooth, creamy and luxurious. Do not replace with milk.
Honey – It adds sweetness and makes the dish finger licking good
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Food color – Orange food color
(with step by step photos)
Heat a pan with butter and toast cumin seeds. Add chopped onion, garlic and ginger and saute until golden brown. Add all spices and cook (stirring continuously) for about couple of minutes, to toast the spices.
Stir in tomato sauce, water, cashew powder and cooked chickpeas, cover and cook in low flame for about 10 minutes (making sure to stir every few minutes to avoid burning). Uncover, stir in heavy cream, honey and food color. Simmer for about 2 minutes and take off heat.
How to serve Indian butter chickpeas for dinner?
- Naan, to scoop up all the luscious sauce
- Cooked rice
- Crusty bread
More delicious Indian curries: Chickpea and Spinach Curry, Chicken and Kale Curry, Kale Dal, Beet Curry with Chickpeas, Spicy Coconut Curry Shrimp and Chicken Koftas in Palak Gravy.
Leftover butter chickpeas curry can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 month.
To reheat – Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat in microwave, until hot.
More creative Indian recipes: Chai Mug Cake, Almond Kulfi, Spicy Chicken Tacos, Mango Mug Cake, Chocolate Kulfi, Kulfi Ice Cream Cake, Spicy Pita Chips, Indian Roasted Chickpeas, Mango Lassi Crepes, Rasmalai Tres Leches Cake, Baked Mangoes or Indian Spinach Soup.
Pro tips to make butter chickpeas recipe:
Color : Traditional butter chicken always has an iconic deep orange color that is achieved by adding orange food color. However, the food color can be absolutely skipped and it will not affect the flavor in any way.
Cashew powder – Grind raw cashews into a fine powder using any dry spice grinder or coffee grinder. Stop the grinder every few seconds and give a good shake and continue grinding. This step is important, since cashew powder will start clumping up due to the high fat content.
Cayenne – Cayenne is Indian chili powder.
Spicy – If you like it spicier, then increase cayenne pepper.
Tomato Sauce – Tomato sauce is found in cans in the canned tomato section of your grocery store. DO NOT USE jarred MARINARA SAUCE / PASTA SAUCE / PIZZA SAUCE instead.
Kasoori methi – Kasoori methi is dried fenugreek leaves and is one the essential ingredient in an authentic butter chicken recipe. However, it can be skipped if you don’t have it stocked.
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Salt – Salt depends on the type of tomato sauce used and your taste preference. Use accordingly.
Keeping track of all the chickpea recipes?
Air Fryer Chickpeas
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas <-—- tastes like tandoori chicken
Mexican Chickpeas <—- Popular recipe
Salsa Chickpeas <—- Only 4 ingredients
Instant Pot Chickpea Curry with Beets
Chickpea and Spinach Curry
Creamy Chickpea Salad
Thai Chickpea and Spinach Curry <—- Instant Pot
Chocolate Hummus <—- Healthiest recipe
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