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Two-For Recipe Awesomeness - Indian Chickpeas

That's right, my dears! Two recipes split into two blog posts--you will have to stay tuned for PART II.

I am posting these together because, quite frankly, they go really well together. Biryani is a delicious spin on plain old rice and chickpeas with spices in coconut milk? Heck, yeah!

These recipes were in the Kripalu 2010 fall season cookbook so they aren't 'Dillan originals' but that's just fine by me. I am happy to share this amazingness with you. I made little to no moderations because Kripalu cooks and serves food exactly the way I like to eat it!

P.S. you can make these vegan by using vegetable oil in place of ghee (boo, in my opinion becaue ghee freakin' rocks) and coconut milk in place of heavy cream (yay, in my opinion because coconut has more health benefits than cow's milk and no mucus-building action like milk does).

Read on, pals.

Indian Chickpeas

Ingredients

2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas

1 tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil

1/2 Spanish onion

1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger

1 1/2 teaspoon coriander

1 1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala

1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

2 cups crushed tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/2 cups heavy cream or 1 cup coconut milk

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

1) Heat the ghee or oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic and ginger and saute until softened, 5-8 minutes. Add the spices and saute for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add tomatoes and salt and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

2) Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture right in the pot or transfer it to a blender and puree until smooth. (Use caution while pureeing the hot liquid; keep blades of an immersion blender submerged and if using a blender, work in batches, filling the blender jar only halfway and hold a cloth over the lid while pureeing). Return the puree to the pan and add the chickpeas and heavy cream or coconut milk. Over medium heat, simmer until heated through, 5-8 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

ENJOY!!!!!

Stay Tuned for next edition where I'll publish the recipe for homemade Vegetable Biryani (the lovely yellow rice dish under the chickpeas...)

Sweet Squash Soup*

Serve this sucker at Thanksgiving on Thursday.

It's:

1) easy

2) seasonal

3) delicious

That's what I always promise, yes?  ;)

SWEET SQUASH SOUP*

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

1 small Spanish onion, medium diced

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into large cubes

4 cups vegetable stock

2 tablespoon maple syrup (optional---but recommended by me)

Instructions

1) Heat the butter in a large thick-bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute until it begins to brown, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon and salt. Add the squash and saute for 5 minutes. Add the stock and increase the heat to high. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer gently until the squash is soft, 15-20 minutes.

2) Use an immersion blender  to puree the soup right in the pot or transfer the mixture to a blender (or your Vitamix like we will, holla!!) and puree until smooth. (Use caution while pureeing hot liquid; keep blades of an immersion blender submerged and if using a blender, work in batches, filling the blender jar only halfway and hold cloth over the lid while pureeing.) If using maple syrup, add it to the squash while pureeing. Return the pureed soup to the pot and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until hot. Serve hot.

*this recipe comes from the seasonal menu cookbook from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. They titled it vegan and used Smart Balance in place of butter. As a holistic health coach, I use whole foods over processed ones as often as possible so I suggest using butter. I prefer to use real foods from sources where I know the animals were treated humanely. I make that decision over using chemically-created/processed alternatives for my own health. Do some research about these "alternative foods" and make the choice that feels right for you.