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Spicy Chickpea Sauce

Healthy and yummy sweet potato and kale patties dunked in a chunky, spicy chickpea sauce flavored with tomatoes, turmeric, ginger and garlic. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Indian, nut-free, Soy-free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 126kcal


  • 3 cups chickpeas (cooked or canned)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (or paprika for less heat)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala (or chana masala)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro (chopped)


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan.
  • Add the onions and saute until brown spots appear.
  • Add the ginger and garlic and saute until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add the tomato paste, coriander powder, cayenne and turmeric. Stir well to mix. Add a tablespoon or two of water if the mixture is too dry.
  • Cook the tomato paste for 2-3 minutes, then add the chickpeas with any boiling liquid or about 3 cups of water. Add salt to taste.
  • Mix well and let the chickpea sauce cook about 15 minutes or until the sauce has a fairly thick texture but it is not dry. Use a potato masher to mash some of the chickpeas. Add the garam masala and coriander leaves, stir to mix, and take off the heat.
  • Spoon the sauce into a plate, arrange two of the patties on top, and serve hot with some chopped raw onion and sliced lemons, if desired.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg