This Healthy Butter Chickpeas dish is a lightened-up, vegan and gluten free take on a classic Indian-style dish. It’s easy to make for the perfect weeknight dinner.
I did something crazy.
I took Butter Chicken and made it super healthy, super tasty and very much vegetarian. I made Butter Chicken without chicken or butter!
And I am so glad I did!
Healthier Butter Chickpeas is a delicious veggie-take on an Indian classic. And believe me, you won’t be missing the chicken here. This stew-like dish is rich and creamy without any heavy cream or butter. And it’s easy to make and gluten free and vegan!
As I may have mentioned before, the thing that makes me sweat is, other than catching a serious spin class, is spicy food. I am perhaps one of the biggest baby when it comes to spicy things in my mouth. My eyes water uncontrollably. My tongue and stomach feel like they’re on fire for days. And I go into an insane hot flash throughout the entire meal.
Yep. It’s quite the scene and I try to avoid it as much as I can.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy all the amazing flavours asian-y style foods.
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My favourite part of this dish is the flavour! Healthy Butter Chickpeas is beyond flavourful, all those Indian spices come together so wonderfully, without being too spicy. (I can’t do that spicy heat – but if you can, add a little extra cayenne!) I used a combination of mild yellow curry powder and cumin.
My other favourite part of this dish is definitely the super unexpected and delicious secret ingredient – almond butter!
Sounds weird and maybe a liiiittle bit off, I know. But it works! I promise. The tomato-based sauce becomes so wonderfully thick and creamy with a little bit of full-fat coconut milk and the smooth, natural almond butter stirred in.
You can’t taste the almond butter at all (don’t worry!) but it lends a richness that you really can’t beat.
It is especially unbeatable when a big scoop of the Butter Chickpeas is served over brown basmati rice with lots of cilantro. Or my latest obsession – over baked potato wedges!!