Recipe: How To Make Spiced Chickpeas

One of my favourite kitchen rituals is cooking up a big pot of chickpeas. I love that I can flavour them however I like, onion, garlic, spices, ginger, bay leaf etc... I love that I'm in charge of what ingredients are in them - as opposed to can with a bunch of sodium and random ingredients, and I love that to make a pot of chickpeas you simply add them to a pot with water, leave the to simmer and walk away. It honestly cannot get any easier than this!

I made flatbreads yesterday and I wanted to eat the leftover today with another veggie heavy meal. Cue this quick 5 minute dish. I filmed a video to go with it and talked through what I was pairing it with - it was an awesome summery take on a dish that I got a little sick of making on repeat. I'm glad time heals all wounds I can get back to enjoying this favourite dish of mine (and not have to make hundreds of serves).

Spiced chickpeas

Serves 2 as a side


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion
  • A good pinch of salt
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder or garam masala or a mix of cumin, cinnamon and garlic powder
  • Pepper
  • 2 handfuls rocket
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, julienne
  • 1 nectarine
  • 1 tbsp currants
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp coconut yoghurt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 leftover flatbreads


  1. Heat pan on medium heat and add oil.
  2. Dice onion and add to pan with a pinch of salt, cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Dice zucchini and add to pan with chickpeas and stir to combine, cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add spices and pepper, mix to combine and cook for 1 - 2 minutes. Watch the pan doesn't get too dry and burn.
  5. Combine salad ingredients onto plate and top with chickpeas.
  6. Heat leftover flatbread in pan for 2 minutes each side.
  7. Serve with a dollop of coconut yoghurt, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and extra salt and pepper.

Written by Lunch Lady Lou

Lunch Lady Lou is a self taught cook and recipe developer.
She's on a mission to remind busy women that they can cook and take care of themselves. Lou is passionate about creating simple cooking rituals that support our health, create the connection we desire and savour the memories and recipes from our past. Check out her work

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