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Confit Tandoori Chickpeas

Photo of a bowl of chickpeas made with garlic chiles and cherry tomatoes.
Photo by Elena Heatherwick

These tandoori-spiced chickpeas have had their fair share of Insta fame for a multitude of reasons. The first being that the simplicity of the dish makes it really quite attractive: Throw everything into a pan and pop it into the oven, leaving it to its own devices (and you to yours). The second being that slow-cooking the chickpeas in oil without liquid makes them super soft, allowing all the aromatics to break down into the oil. Lastly, this dish can easily be made ahead and served later; it only improves with time. Swap out Greek yogurt with a nondairy alternative for a completely vegan meal, and serve with rice.


Serves 8

2 (15 oz/425 g) cans of chickpeas, drained (17 oz/480 g total)
11 garlic cloves, peeled, 10 left whole and 1 minced
1 oz (30 g) fresh ginger, peeled and julienned
14 oz (400 g) datterini or regular cherry tomatoes
3 small Fresno chiles, mild or spicy, with a slit cut down their length
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. cumin seeds, roughly crushed with a mortar and pestle
2 tsp. coriander seeds, roughly crushed with a mortar and pestle
½ tsp. ground turmeric
½ tsp. chile flakes
2 tsp. red Kashmiri chile powder
1 tsp. sugar
¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp. (200 ml) olive oil
⅔ cup (180 g) Greek yogurt
¾ cup (15 g) mint leaves
1½ cups (30 g) cilantro, roughly chopped
2–3 limes (juiced to get 1 Tbsp. and the rest cut into wedges to serve)

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Step 2

Put the chickpeas, whole garlic cloves, ginger, tomatoes, chiles, tomato paste, spices, sugar, oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt into a large, oven-safe sauté pan, for which you have a lid, and mix everything together to combine. 

Step 3

Cover with the lid, transfer to the oven and cook for 75 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the aromatics have softened and the tomatoes have nicely broken down.

Step 4

Meanwhile, put the yogurt, mint, cilantro, lime juice, minced garlic, and ¼ teaspoon of salt into a food processor and blitz until smooth and the herbs are finely chopped.

Step 5

Serve the chickpeas directly from the pan, with the yogurt and lime wedges alongside.

Author's Note:

Jarred or canned butter beans (lima beans) would be great here! No Kashmiri chile powder? Use an equal amount of paprika instead.

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Reprinted from Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love. Copyright© 2021 by Yotam Ottolenghi. Photographs copyright © 2021 Elena Heatherwick. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.