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Star Anise and Date Masala Spiced Chickpeas

Star Anise and Date Masala Spiced Chickpeas Star Anise and Date Masala Spiced Chickpeas Star Anise and Date Masala Spiced Chickpeas

An Indian inspired recipe is full of flavor, a great side dish with some grilled meat.













Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, High Fiber


cup canola oil
or other vegetable oil
1 medium spanish onions
peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic
peeled and minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
45 ounces chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
3 cans, or 1½ cups dried chickpeas, soaked
2 cardamom pods
up to three
9 dates
dried, pitted and chopped
4 teaspoons cumin
1 ½ teaspoons salt
or to taste
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
or to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper
freshly ground, or to taste
2 whole star anise
or 1/4 teaspoon ground
2 tablespoons cilantro
freshly minced


Drain the chickpeas and set aside in a nonreactive bowl.

With a knife, lightly crack the cardamom pods. Peel the shell to release the seeds and collect them in a small bowl. Discard the shells.

With a rolling pin or a mortar and pestle, crush the seeds (you can leave them whole if you don’t mind biting into them) and set aside.

In a medium pot set over medium-high heat, heat the oil until it begins to shimmer.

Stir in the onions and sauté for about 9 minutes, until they have softened and started to brown.

Add the garlic and sauté for a minute or so, until it has softened. Reduce heat to medium and stir in the tomato paste.

Add the cardamom and all remaining ingredients and sauté for 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and a bit water, enough to make them less than dry.

Heat the mixture, stirring occasionally to incorporate the flavors, stir in the cilantro and keep warm until serving.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Cardamon pods? How many?

almost 8 years ago

Use two or three pods, and that should be plenty. Thanks for the comment, just updated the recipe. Happy Cooking :-)



Do you crush the Star Anise

almost 2 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 313g (11.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 41833% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1278mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 20%
Dietary Fiber 11g 45%
Sugars g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 12% Iron 25%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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