Rating: 3.5 stars
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This curry hails from the Indian region of Punjab. The cardamom pods puff up to almost twice their size and float to the top, so they're easy to find and discard before serving. In just one serving, you get close to 10 grams of fiber, thanks to brown rice, chickpeas, tomatoes, and plenty of onion.

Jeanne Kelley
Recipe by Cooking Light January 2011


Credit: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

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1 hr
4 servings


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  • To prepare pilaf, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add 1 cup onion; cook for 6 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Add rice and the next 4 ingredients (through garlic); cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 2/3 cups water and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Discard cardamom, cinnamon, and bay leaf. Keep warm.

  • To prepare stew, heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil, and swirl to coat. Add 2 cups onion; sauté for 6 minutes or until golden. Add ginger and the next 7 ingredients (through cinnamon stick); cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 2 1/2 cups water, carrot, 1/4 teaspoon salt, chickpeas, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until carrots are tender and sauce is slightly thick. Discard cardamom and cinnamon stick.

  • Place 1 cup rice mixture into each of 4 bowls; spoon 1 1/4 cups chickpea mixture over rice. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons yogurt and 1 tablespoon cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

431 calories; fat 9.6g; saturated fat 1g; mono fat 5.1g; poly fat 2.9g; protein 11.9g; carbohydrates 77.9g; fiber 9.6g; cholesterol 1mg; iron 3.1mg; sodium 626mg; calcium 121mg.