Easy Indian Chickpea Curry in the Slow Cooker! Try this crockpot friendly veggie-based gluten-free chickpea curry recipe (that can be prepared dairy free as well!)
In my younger years, I had the opportunity to spend three separate summers in India. I have many vivid memories of the hospitality of the Indian people, as well as the vibrant culture and food.
On my third trip, I spent a summer working in a small village in central India. Nowadays many Indian cities are thriving urban areas, mingling colorful history with modern flair. However, most often, rural India lives on as their ancestors in small villages with dirt roads, thatched roofs, and open air communal buildings.
In our little village, we cooked most of our meals over camping stoves. Yet the generosity of the Indian people opened the doors for many meals to be shared with our short-term neighbors.
Due to India’s caste system, many of our neighbors were vegetarian. I was always awestruck by the array or legume and egg based curry dishes we were served at any given meal. Always with a heaping pile of fragrant basmati rice and a stack of steaming chapatis (flat tortilla-like bread.)
I actually had an impromptu cooking lesson, on several occasions, when a kindly granny would take me under her wing for the evening. Once I learned to make chapatis sitting on a dirt floor, over a small stone table. Another time, I learned to make a classic chickpea curry dish in a hanging ceramic vessel over a campfire.
Today’s Chickpea Curry in the Slow Cooker is a nod to the bright yellow aromatic chickpea curry I learned to make so many years ago. The fragrant silky sauce is the perfect complement to the hearty chickpeas and sweet potatoes.
I’ve simplified the recipe to reduce the necessary ingredients by almost half, yet retaining the intense flavor.
Making Chickpea Curry in the Slow Cooker allows you to prep very little, then set-and-forget this vegetarian dinner until much later in the day.
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