Easy 1 pot Mango Curry Chickpeas. This Mango Curry is creamy, mangoey and perfect when paired with chickpeas, vegetables or baked tofu. Easy and so flavorful. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe
In a blender, combine the onion, ginger, and garlic and blend into a smooth puree with 2 tablespoons or more of water. Alternatively, mince the onion, ginger and garlic and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and cook for 1 minute or until the seeds change color. Add bay leaves, and cloves and cook until the bay leaf changes color.
Add the pureed onion and cook until the onion mixture is dry and does not smell raw (if you dont cook the onion long enough the sauce will taste oniony in the end). Stir occasionally to avoid sticking, 8 to 10 minutes (Cook time will be shorter with minced onion etc vs pureed.). Add cinnamon, garam masala and cayenne and mix well. Add the coconut milk, mango pulp, salt, and mix well.
Mix, cover and cook until the sauce comes to a boil, 5 minutes. Add chickpeas and mix in. Reduce the heat to low medium and cook uncovered until the sauce thickens and desired consistency is achieved, 10-15 minutes. Taste and adjust the salt and tang. Add lemon or vinegar for tang, add 1/2 tsp sugar or maple for sweetness if the mango was not sweet enough. Add a dash of black pepper. At this point you can fold in some baby greens. For creamier, fold in some vegan cream (cashew cream, soy cream etc).
Remove the Bay leaf and discard. If you can find the whole cloves, fish them out and discard. Garnish with cilantro and a good dash of garam masala and cayenne and serve hot over rice with roasted vegetables, or with flatbread. You can also add some cubed ripe mango as garnish.
Variation: Fold in spinach in the last 5 minutes. Use a cup of vegetables and a cup of chickpeas, instead of all chickpeas. Use lentils, lentil balls, kofta balls or other beans. For Tofu, use Mango Curry Tofu recipe that adds spice to the tofu.To sub whole spices (cumin seeds/whole cloves) Use ground spices (1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/8 tsp ground cloves) and add them to the pan when you add garam masala.Onion garlic mixture sometimes turns green depending on the pan, age of the onion and garlic and other factors. The mix is edible, the curry will just look grey brown in the end. To make mango puree from ripe mango. Peel and cube a very ripe mango. Blend with a few tbsp of water until it is a smooth puree.Nutritional values based on one serving