One Pot Chickpea Curry and Rice

One Pot Chickpea Curry and Rice

This simple chickpea curry dish uses just one pot and ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. 

Confession: I’ve been in something of a cooking rut lately, feeling uninspired and unmotivated to cook much at all. I’ve been eating a lot of scrambled eggs and yogurt. This is one of the reasons I love our monthly Recipe Redux challenges, because I’m forced to have a focus and get creative in the kitchen. This month’s theme coordinated nicely with the first day of Spring being on Monday. We were challenged to do some spring cleaning in the kitchen and focus on only using ingredients we already had on hand in the fridge and/or pantry.  

When it comes to using up ingredients in your pantry and minimizing food waste, the number one tip you hear is to make soup or stock, right? I like that idea in theory, but can’t honestly say I’ve ever done it. When I want to come up with a recipe to use random stuff I have in the cabinet, I turn to my old friends Google and Pinterest, searching by ingredient and modifying from there. A lot of recipe sites let you search by ingredient, which is super helpful for those times you find yourself with more canned beans than you could ever need and no idea what to do with them.  Hi, that’s totally me. I’ve got lots of garbanzo beans and as much as I love hummus, it was time to come up with something new.

the recipe

In addition to my canned bean collection, my spice cabinet is severely underutilized, so I decided to turn the spotlight on spices for this spring cleaning recipe. Naturally, thinking spices + beans led me to an Indian inspired dish. I started pulling out other staples I always have on hand: onions, carrots, broth, canned tomatoes and coconut oil. 

Coconut milk is commonly used in curries, but my fave Siggi’s whole milk skyr worked perfectly since I didn’t have any coconut milk. This recipe comes together in less than 45 minutes and uses just one pot! This makes for a super simple cleanup but more importantly, it helps all of the flavors meld together really nicely.  

This chickpea curry will be a staple in my meal prep, especially because it makes a big batch and we can enjoy it throughout the week. If you don’t want leftovers, be sure to cut the recipe in half! Read on for the full recipe, pin it for later and don’t miss the link at the bottom to get the spring cleaning recipes from other Recipe Reduxers!

One Pot Chickpea Curry and Rice
Serves 6
A vegetarian recipe for chickpea curry and rice using ingredients you likely already have in your pantry!


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
25 min

Total Time
35 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
25 min

Total Time
35 min

Ingredients
  1. 2 TBSP coconut oil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  4. 1 onion, chopped
  5. 2 TBSP curry
  6. 1 teaspoon cumin
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  8. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 3 cups vegetable broth
  12. 1 1/2 cups canned diced tomato
  13. 1 1/2 cups quick cook brown rice (white rice works too!)
  14. 1 15oz can chickpeas, drained
  15. 1/2 cup whole Greek yogurt (I used Siggi’s)
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot or pan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in garlic, onion, carrots and spices and cook for 5-8 minutes, until carrots are tender and onions are softened.
  3. Add vegetable broth, diced tomato, brown rice and chickpeas, stirring.
  4. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  5. Stir in Greek yogurt until creamy consistency is achieved.
  6. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later (should last about a week).
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17.4: Small Progress is Still Progress

Historically in the CrossFit Open there is always a repeat workout from a previous year.  This year that repeat came during 17.4, which turned out to be a repeat of 16.4, last year’s chipper style AMRAP. A perk of blogging about the Open workouts is having my past recaps to reflect on and learn from, not just my score logged in an app somewhere. Here’s the workout: 

Initial Thoughts

My experience with 16.4 wasn’t terrible–I completed it scaled last year and definitely struggled with the hand-release pushups. There could have been so many worse WODs to repeat, so I wasn’t upset at this announcement. I also didn’t mind that it was a repeat, because it’s kind of fun to compare year to year.  So many people get caught up in the crazy competitive nature of the Open and forget that what we’re really striving for is progress in ourselves. As Nicole Carroll of CrossFit HQ put it:

“Repeat workouts give us the opportunity to shift away from focusing on ourselves relative to others and instead focus on where we are relative to our own performance, effort and progress.”

 

Amen, sister. For me, there has been a lot of progress in terms of my weightlifting this year. When it comes to 17.4/16.4, 155-lb deadlifts in the workout are much more reasonable for me now.  I’m also good with all of the movements except the handstand push-ups, but likely wouldn’t get to those within the 13 minutes anyway. That all said, I decided to go the scaled route again this go-round. My back has been acting up a little bit and high rep deadlifts just wouldn’t have been smart. Plus redoing this workout scaled is a more accurate measure of progress–comparing apples to apples.

The workout

The deadlifts at 95-lb were fairly light, but 55 reps are a lot…so I broke them into sets of 10, then 8 and 7.  I finished the deadlifts in just over 2 minutes and moved onto the wall balls. The 10-lb ball (vs. 14-lb in the Rx workout) was a blessing and even though I still had to break them up, I felt pretty good during wall balls.  My legs started feeling fatigued on the rower, but I settled in on a sustainable pace and held on.  At 9:33, I rolled myself off the rower and onto the floor to start hand-release pushups.  

Early into the pushups I was doing sets of 2 and 3, feeling completely shot. Without compromising form (aka worming), I was struggling. Somewhere in the 20s, I grunted at boyfriend that I needed to get at least 38 push-ups to tie my score from last year. It honestly wasn’t looking good. While I’m definitely a stronger athlete overall this year, pushups are not my strong suit and we don’t do them all that often. Boyfriend (and others in the gym) were encouraging me in the last minute and I managed to get to 42 of the 55 pushups in the time cap.

I took a little rest, grabbed a Guinness (it was St. Patrick’s Day, after all!) and judged Boyfriend in his heat. He also chose to go scaled as he eases back into CrossFit WODs and manages some shoulder pain. He’s a smart guy! 

Final Thoughts

To be honest, at first I was pretty bummed that I only improved by 4 reps from last year. As usual, boyfriend slapped some sense into me by reminding me that I haven’t spent any time on improving my pushups, so I shouldn’t expect to be all that much better at them. Again, I’ve got a smart guy who helps my negativity in check. Progress is progress…no matter how small. I still did 4 reps better than last year and I’m proud of that. I’ve improved in many other ways this year…especially weightlifting and double unders. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m actually hoping for dubs in the last workout! 

What do you think? Will we see double unders in 17.5?