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Spiced tomato harissa chickpeas

Looking for a quick and easy meal for dinner tonight that’s bursting with flavour? Look no further than Spiced Tomato Harissa Chickpeas! Made in just one pan, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time or energy to spend in the kitchen. With its rich and spicy tomato based sauce, tender chickpeas, and pops of juicy cherry tomatoes, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings for something hearty and delicious.

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spiced tomato harissa chickpeas recipe. Food blog Ireland.

Ingredients needed

  • 1 tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 60ml of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
  • Natural yoghurt, to serve

Variations and substitutions

Here are a few ideas of variations and substitutions for this recipe:

  • Add some chopped fresh coriander or parsley to the dish for extra freshness.
  • You can substitute canned tinned tomatoes for the fresh tomatoes. 
  • Substitute the harissa paste with other spicy pastes, such as gochujang or sambal oelek.
  • Add some chopped onions or garlic to the dish for extra depth of flavour.
  • Use different types of beans such as white beans, butter beans or kidney beans, instead of chickpeas.
  • Add some chopped vegetables such as a sweet red pepper.
  • Feel free to substitute the natural yoghurt for diary free plain yoghurt.
  • You can also cook dried chickpeas in a pressure cooker like the instant pot.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra hit of acidity.
  • To up the spice level you can add an extra sprinkle of Cayenne pepper.

How to make spiced tomato harissa chickpeas

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, harissa paste, cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  2. Add the chickpeas to the mixing bowl and toss well to coat the chickpeas with the spice mixture.
  3. Heat a large frying pan/large skillet over medium heat. Add the spiced chickpeas to the frying pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes and water to the frying pan. Stir to combine and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the cherry tomatoes have burst and the sauce has thickened.
  5. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  6. Serve the spiced tomato harissa chickpeas with fresh parsley and natural yoghurt.
  7. Enjoy!
spiced tomato harissa chickpeas recipe. Food blog Ireland.

FAQ

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this recipe ahead of time. It often tastes even better the next day as the flavours have more time to meld. Simply store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container and reheat it when you’re ready to serve.

What can I serve with Spicy Harissa Tomato Chickpeas?

This dish is versatile. You can serve it with pita bread, rice, quinoa, couscous, or crusty bread. It also pairs well with a simple side salad or some yogurt-based sauces like tzatziki for a cooling contrast.

How can I make this dish gluten-free?

The dish is naturally gluten-free. Just make sure that your harissa paste and any other condiments or spices you use are certified gluten-free if you have gluten restrictions.

Top tip

To intensify the flavours in your Spicy Harissa Tomato Chickpeas, consider letting it simmer on low heat for a little longer (about 10-15 minutes) after the cherry tomatoes burst. This extra simmering time allows the spices and tomato sauce to meld and thicken, resulting in a richer and more robust flavour. Just be sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking, and adjust the seasoning as needed to suit your taste preferences.

Ways to serve spiced tomato harissa chickpeas

  • Serve it in a pitta , as I did! You can toast the pitta breads before serving for extra crunch.
  • Serve it with rice or quinoa for a more substantial meal. You could also serve with bulgur wheat and golden raisins for a hint of sweetness.
  • Serve it on top of a salad for a lighter option.
  • Use it as a filling for wraps or sandwiches.
  • Serve it with some crusty bread. 
  • Finish off your dish with some fresh herbs like parsley or coriander.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and make the recipe your own!

Leftovers, reheating and storage

Next day

Leftovers:

  1. Make a chickpea salad: Combine the leftover chickpeas and sauce with your favourite salad greens, chopped vegetables, and a simple vinaigrette for a delicious and filling salad.
  2. Stuff them in a pitta: Stuff the leftover chickpeas and sauce into a pitta bread along with some lettuce, cucumber, sliced red onions and tomato for a quick and easy sandwich.
  3. Make a wrap: Spread some hummus on a whole-wheat wrap, then add the leftover chickpeas and sauce, along with some sliced avocado and shredded carrots. Roll up the wrap and enjoy!
  4. Serve over rice or quinoa: Reheat the leftover chickpeas and sauce and serve over a bed of rice or quinoa for a filling and nutritious meal.
  5. Add to soups or stews: Use the leftover chickpeas and sauce to add flavour and protein to soups or stews.
spiced tomato harissa chickpeas recipe. Food blog Ireland.

Reheating and storage

To store any leftover chickpeas, transfer the cooled chickpeas and sauce to an airtight container and place in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. It’s important to let the chickpeas and sauce cool to room temperature before placing them in the fridge to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

If you have leftover chickpeas and sauce that you don’t plan to eat within a few days, you can freeze them for later use. To do this, transfer the cooled chickpeas and sauce to a freezer-safe container or a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 2-3 months.

When you’re ready to use the frozen chickpeas and sauce, let them defrost overnight in the fridge. You can then reheat them in a saucepan over low heat or in the microwave until heated through. Adding a splash of water to the saucepan can help thin out the sauce if it has thickened too much during freezing.

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Spiced Tomato Harissa Chickpeas

Looking for a quick and easy meal that's bursting with flavour? Look no further than Spiced Tomato Harissa Chickpeas! Made in just one pan, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights when you don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. With its rich and spicy tomato-based sauce, tender chickpeas, and pops of juicy cherry tomatoes, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings for something hearty and delicious. Plus, it's packed with plant-based protein and fibre, making it a nutritious choice that will keep you feeling full and satisfied for hours.
Course lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine greek
Keyword one pan, one pot, Quick & Easy, Quick Meal, Sauce, Vegetable, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 tin chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes
  • 60 ml water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley to serve
  • natural yoghurt to serve

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, harissa paste, cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  • Add the chickpeas to the mixing bowl and toss well to coat the chickpeas with the spice mixture.
  • Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the spiced chickpeas to the frying pan and cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes and water to the frying pan. Stir to combine and let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes or until the cherry tomatoes have burst and the sauce has thickened.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve the spiced tomato harissa chickpeas with fresh parsley and natural yoghurt.
  • Enjoy!

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