Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:52:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Indian Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:22:10 +0000 How to cook 15 Minute vegetarian and gluten-free Indian Chickpea Dal (garbanzo bean) with Basmati Rice. From Silk Road Vegetarian Cookbook. Recipe + Video

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When we first moved to Florida, we weathered through big hurricanes like Charley, Andrew, Wilma, Jeanne…I can’t even remember all of their names! At the start of every hurricane season, (right now) I take inventory proceed to stockpile on food, water, cash, batteries and gas for the generator. As a foodie, I mentally prepare a list of “gourmet” recipes that I can prepare if and when disaster strikes. I know, it’s stupid and silly, but we’ve been through 3 days without electricity (Hurricane Charley) and it’s not fun. Might as well make the best of the situation and eat well.


It’s been about 8 years since we’ve experienced a big one – I keep saying that, “we’re long overdue.” But each of the 8 years past, each time the season passes without a hurricane, we have to deal with the glut of canned foods and dry goods in the pantry.



This one is a perfect recipe that I’ll keep in the “storm gourmet” file – nearly every ingredient is found in the pantry or will keep well (garlic and onion). It’s an Indian dish from the cookbook, Silk Road Vegetarian: Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Recipes for the Mindful Cook by Dahlia Abraham-Klein. The Silk Road is a network of trade routes spanning between China, Tibet, Persian Empire and Mediterranean countries. Silk and spices were the most popular trading commodities.

Silk Road Vegetarian cookbook will take you on a journey along that route, highlighting Dahlia’s family stories (she traces her family’s roots back to the Babylonian Exile of the Jewish people in sixth century BCE), and food traditions in Central Asia. silk road vegetarian dahlia

A quote from Dr. Jean M. Layton sums the book up best, “Imagine a vegetarian and gluten-free excursion along the Silk Road that is drdolent with spices and scented with roses, oranges, and herbs. Silk Road Vegetarian will bring you along on a journey through Asia, Africa, Europe and India – with a bit of Latin influence as well.”

A sample of recipes from the book: Lentil Tomato Soup Mushroom Wild Rice Persian Green Frittata Afghan Cauliflowre Curry Bukharian Tomato Salad Hamentashen Cookies Indian Spiced Coconut Cardamom Tapioca Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup and…Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth.


I’ve modified Dahlia’s original recipe to use canned chickpeas (garbanzo) instead of dried to cut down on the soaking/cooking time. Dahlia approved of my using a Garam Masala spice blend instead of the separate 11 spices in the original recipe (see very end of post for the list of the spices in original recipe). Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth and Basmati Rice ‘s a wonderfully fragrant, 15 minute, “storm gourmet” recipe that you’ll love. The dal is nutty, creamy, and beautifully spiced. Pair with basmati rice.


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Indian Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth and Basmati Rice Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes

Adapted from Silk Road Vegetarian by Dahlia Abraham-Klein

If you do not have fresh tomatoes, use 1 can of chopped tomatoes, drained.
Substitute any rice of your choice for the basmati rice - however cooking times for wild rice or brown rice will be different. I have a recipe for cooking brown rice in the microwave - just search on Steamy Kitchen for the recipe.

Microwave-safe vessels for cooking rice can be found in any kitchen shop or Amazon. They are worth the ~$20! I also have a post on Steamy Kitchen on cooking regular rice in the microwave - lots of tips and links to products.


1 cup dried basmati rice
1 medium onion
3 cloves garlic
2 medium tomatoes
15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces coconut milk1 sprig parsley


Cook the rice:
pour the 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of cold water into a 2-quart microwave-safe dish. Cover. Microwave high for 12 minutes. Let rest for 3 minutes.

Prep the ingredients While the rice is cooking:
-chop onion
-mince garlic
-chop tomatoes
-canned chickpeas- drain, rinse and drain again

-chop parsley (leaves only)

1. Heat a large saute pan with the cooking oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add in the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes until translucent and soft. Add in the garlic and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add in the garam masala and cook an additional 30 seconds.

2. Add in the chopped tomatoes, drained chickpeas, salt and the coconut milk. Stir well, and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, or until thick and creamy. Top with parsley. Serve with basmati rice.



*The original recipe from the Silk Road Vegetarian Cookbook includes these spices (use in place of garam masala)  1 teaspoon of each: mustard seeds, cumin seeds, ground cardamom, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, paprika, ground turmeric 1/2 teaspoon of each: chili powder, grated nutmeg 1 thread saffron Instead of sauteing the spice blend for only 30 seconds, Dahlia recommends letting all of the spices simmer for 10 minutes (along with the onion and garlic).






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Indian Cabbage with Crispy, Crunchy Chickpeas Wed, 09 Mar 2011 18:10:49 +0000 Recipe for simple vegetarian/vegan Indian Cabbage with Crispy, Crunchy Chickpeas that only takes 20 minutes to make.

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I hope you’re enjoying recipes from some wonderful and talented food bloggers from around the world featured here on Steamy Kitchen! Today, I’d like to introduce to you Shulie of Food Wanderings, who is of Indian Jewish ancestry, born and raised in Israel, and has been living here in the U.S. for over half of her life.

What has always caught my eye about her recipes is that they are healthy and naturally light, just with use of fresh ingredients. I love how she features the ingredient collage for each recipe – I could just frame each one of them and hang on the wall of my kitchen.

Shulie is featuring Indian Cabbage with Crispy, Crunchy Chickpeas, a recipe she’s adapted from her Mom. Though make sure you check out some of her other recipes like her Mom’s Best Kept Secret Dahl Recipe, Mache, Blood Orange and Pomegranate Salad in Citrus, Sumac and Champagne Vinaigrette and Medley of Cherry Tomatoes Salad. ~jaden


Recipes and photos by Shulie of Food Wanderings

The dish is super simple with a twist of a delicious crunch. I don’t recall having it in my childhood, but my mom on skype impatiently scolded me and said, “you just didn’t like it.” Growing up, it was my brother’s, the third out of six kids, favorite. How impossible I didn’t like it?! Especially since I like everything cabbage!

This recipe is full of flavor and the added crunch of slightly fried chickpeas gives this dish its extra uniqueness. The chickpeas are crispy from the outside with a soft inside. In this dish you get your veggie and a toss of protein for contrast and a balanced nutrition. How brilliant is that?!

The ingredients include cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic, chili pepper (if you’d like), chickpeas, turmeric and garam masala.

Frying the chickpeas gives them a crispy, crunchy texture. You can certainly skip this step and just added drained canned chickpeas.

All of the aromatics: onion, garlic, chili pepper, ginger fry together until softened.

Until they look like this:

The finished dish….


Indian Cabbage with Crispy, Crunchy Chickpeas Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes

Shulie's note: Garam masala for the crunchy chickpeas can be found nowadays practically in any supermarket or at an Indian grocer near you. My mother also includes grated tomato in this dish. If you'd like you can omit the 6 tablespoons of water and instead use 1 grated tomato (large holes of box grater)

Jaden's note: For a healthier version, skip the frying of the chickpeas - just use drained canned chickpeas (garbanzo). Also limit the cooking oil to 1 tablespoon instead of 4.
Recipe by Shulie of Food Wanderings


handful of canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or dried chickpeas
Hot water to immerse and cover an inch above surface
salt to taste
garam masala spice - just a sprinkle (optional)
4 tablespoons canola oil
1 onion, peeled and quartered
2 fresh green chillies, stemmed and roughly chopped
2 inch section of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic
1/2 head of small/medium cabbage, halved and sliced (see photo for reference)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
6 tablespoons water
salt to taste (about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon)
1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro


1. If using canned chickpeas, drain, rinse well and rub with paper towels to remove some of the skin. If using dried chickpeas: pour hot water over chickpeas and let soak over night. Press each chickpea between thumb and index finger to take skin off and dry on paper towel.

2. In a large pot, saute pan or a wok (something with high sides as you will be tossing the chickpeas), heat up oil on medium-low, toss in chickpeas and fry for couple minutes while mixing. It will sizzle and achieve a slight golden sheen. Taste one, it will be crunchy from outside and soft inside. With a slotted spatula take out of pot/wok and drain on towel paper lined plate, sprinkle with salt and garam masala if you wish and set aside. Reserve the oil and the pot for the next step in recipe.

3. Put the onion in a food processor and pulse until consistency is of finely grated onion. Add to same oil we fried the chickpeas in, turn the heat to medium-low and let cook until translucent to slightly golden, about 3 minutes.

4. Back to the food processor (no need to clean) - add the chillies, garlic and ginger. Pulse for a few seconds, scrape with a rubber spatula from the edges and pulse again for a finer chop. Add this mixture to onion in the pot and saute for an additional 3 minutes until very fragrant.

5. Add the cabbage, turmeric, salt and six tablespoons of water and toss cabbage in the pot until slightly wilted.

6. Plate cabbage and sprinkle with fried chickpeas. Garnish with a touch of cilantro if desired. I show it with samosas in the picture which I will feature in the future. Can be served with naan or any other Indian bread and chutneys.


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Crispy Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:32:23 +0000 Before I even get into this addictive little snackity snack, I just want to say thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes yesterday on Twitter and Facebook. You all are so thoughtful to send a little message of good wishes. I was sitting at the airport waiting for my flight home and everytime a new message came in, my ...

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Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Before I even get into this addictive little snackity snack, I just want to say thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes yesterday on Twitter and Facebook. You all are so thoughtful to send a little message of good wishes. I was sitting at the airport waiting for my flight home and everytime a new message came in, my phone would sound a happy little *ping!* They came so fast and furious, it just about sounded like I was having my own little Vegas jackpot moment on my phone!

I’ve been traveling nonstop for the past 2 weeks and my body sorta feels a little tired and laggy, so I thought I’d share with you a snack that’s healthy (they’re roasted, not fried), easy (5 minutes hands on time), easy (using canned garbanzo beans), addictive (you might as well double the recipe when you’re making it).

Super Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

The texture of Roasted Chickpeas is surprisingly crispy/crunchy – they make that lovely, loud crunch in your mouth like potato chips. And when you tell people that this recipe starts with 1 can of garbanzo beans, they won’t believe you. Chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same thing.

Just one warning. as I ate the entire batch by myself in one sitting: These Roasted Chickpeas are really are perfect as a little bar snack to nibble on with beer. And I emphasize nibble and little. As addictive as they are, they’re still beans. And if you eat the entire batch…which is 1 can of garbanzo beans…well, let’s just say I spent a lot of time saying ‘xcuse me.

How to make Roasted Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans

Four ingredients – salt, seasoning blend of your choice, garbanzo beans and olive oil

Ingredients for Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

First drain the can of garbanzo beans.

Drain the Chickpeas for Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

You’ll want to rinse the beans for a few seconds to rid the surface of the cloudy, starchy, slippery water it was packaged in.

Rinsing the Chickpeas for Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Lay them out on a baking sheet lined with paper towel.

 Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe Baking Sheet

Pat dry with another paper towel.

 Pat Dry the Peas for Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

You’ll see that some of the beans have a thin skin on them…you can leave them on, or use the paper towel to rub them off.

 Pat Dry the Peas and skin for Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Discard the skin.

Discard the skin  of the peas Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Now they should be completely dry.

Completely Dried Chickpeas Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Remove the paper towels and now drizzle just a bit of olive oil.

Dizzle the peas with Olive oil  Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Toss them about to distribute the oil.

Distribute the oil Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Ready for the oven!

Make it ready for the oven Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

400F for 30-40 minutes (I’m on a convection and I used 325F) – until golden brown, crunchy (not soft).

Bake 30 to 40 minutes  Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe


Perfect Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Season with salt.

Add Salt Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Whatever spice blend you want.

Add Seasoning Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

That’s it!

Ready to eat Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe


Crispy Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) Recipe

Servings: 2 (as snack) Prep Time: 5 Cook Time: 30
Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

I highly recommend doubling a batch of Roasted Chickpeas, the bowl will be empty in 10 minutes! This is a one of the simplest snack recipes - four ingredients and it starts with a can of chickpeas pulled from your pantry. You can use any spice blend - I'm really enjoying Creole or Cajun seasoning, but don't limit yourself there! At the end of the post, I have a list of spice/fresh herb combinations that you can use.


One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Spice blend of your choice


1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. Drain the can of garbanzo beans in a strainer and rinse with water for a few seconds to clean off the beans. Shake and tap the strainer to rid of excess water. Lay paper towl on a baking sheet, and spread the beans over. Use another paper towel to gently press and absorb the water on the beans. Roll the beans around with the paper towel to also remove the thin skin from any of the beans. Discard the skins and the paper towels.

3. Drizzle the olive oil over the beans and use your hands or a spatula to toss around and coat. Roast for 30-40 minutes until the beans are a deep golden brown and crunchy. Make sure that the beans do not burn.

4. Season with salt and spice blend.

More Roasted Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans!

We Are Not Martha – this is where I first saw the recipe! They use a Moroccan spice blend
Kalyn’s Kitchen
: Moroccan spices
My Man’s Belly: garlic powder, chile powder
Chez Us: curry powder
The Kitchn: list of 15 different flavors
Family Fresh Cooking serves ’em up in a cute popcorn container
Bitchin Camera: garam masala
Big Red Kitchen: cumin, cinnamon, smoked paprika
Anne’s Food: cayenne, cumin
Life’s Ambrosia: garlic seasoned

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Smoky Hummus with Baked Tortilla Chips Sun, 25 Mar 2007 17:52:42 +0000 After that luxurious hamburger dinner last night, I needed to feel healthy today. I had some leftover corn tortillas and pantry ingredients to make a spicy hummus. The kids love it too! The Smoky Hummus recipe includes a spice blend from called "Vindaloo" - its an Indian spice blend that contains mustard seeds, cumin seeds, ...

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Smoky Hummus and Tortilla Chips Recipe

After that luxurious hamburger dinner last night, I needed to feel healthy today. I had some leftover corn tortillas and pantry ingredients to make a smoky hummus. The kids love it too!

The bright orange/red Smoked Sweet Paprika is the spice that gives that smoky punch to the hummus.


Smoky Hummus With Baked Tortilla Chips Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes


20 8" corn tortillas (or flour tortillas)
cooking spray
sea Salt

15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup tahini paste
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or 1/4 teaspoon table salt)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water



Heat oven to 375F degrees. Stack the tortillas and with sharp scissors, cut them into wedges.Spray a baking sheet cooking spray. Place tortilla wedges on baking sheet in single layer. Spray tops of tortillas evenly with cooking spray. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden & crisp, flipping the chips halfway through. Immediately salt while the chips are hot.


Puree all ingredients in food processor. Add more water if you want a thinner consistency. Sprinkle a little Smoked Sweet Paprika on top just before serving.


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