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Star Anise and Date Masala Spiced Chickpeas

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An Indian inspired recipe is full of flavor, a great side dish with some grilled meat.













Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, High Fiber


cup canola oil
or other vegetable oil
1 medium spanish onions
peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic
peeled and minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
45 ounces chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
3 cans, or 1½ cups dried chickpeas, soaked
2 cardamom pods
up to three
9 dates
dried, pitted and chopped
4 teaspoons cumin
1 ½ teaspoons salt
or to taste
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
or to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper
freshly ground, or to taste
2 whole star anise
or 1/4 teaspoon ground
2 tablespoons cilantro
freshly minced


Drain the chickpeas and set aside in a nonreactive bowl.

With a knife, lightly crack the cardamom pods. Peel the shell to release the seeds and collect them in a small bowl. Discard the shells.

With a rolling pin or a mortar and pestle, crush the seeds (you can leave them whole if you don’t mind biting into them) and set aside.

In a medium pot set over medium-high heat, heat the oil until it begins to shimmer.

Stir in the onions and sauté for about 9 minutes, until they have softened and started to brown.

Add the garlic and sauté for a minute or so, until it has softened. Reduce heat to medium and stir in the tomato paste.

Add the cardamom and all remaining ingredients and sauté for 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and a bit water, enough to make them less than dry.

Heat the mixture, stirring occasionally to incorporate the flavors, stir in the cilantro and keep warm until serving.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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, United States
 over 5 years ago

Cardamon pods? How many?

Use two or three pods, and that should be plenty. Thanks for the comment, just updated the recipe. Happy Cooking :-)

Toronto , Ontario, Canada
 over 5 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 313g (11.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 41833% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1278mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 20%
Dietary Fiber 11g 45%
Sugars g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 12% Iron 25%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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