15-Minute Chickpea Masala

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Hey friends, happy hump day!  How is your week going? We have been a rocking and a rolling over here.  On Monday, I had planned to catch a yoga class after dinner.  But instead, the kids and I stayed at the park late after school, celebrating a friend’s birthday and playing with school friends. I probably still could have made yoga, but the hubs suggested we order in from a pizza place he wanted to try, and pizza with the fam > better than class (even my favorite yoga class).  I did do a little yoga flow at home and managed to squeeze in a late yoga class yesterday, so I am calling it a win all around.

Today I wanted to share a super easy recipe for a quick weeknight dinner.  This recipe comes together in about 15 minutes with minimal ingredients. It is also vegetarian, so perfect for my vegetarian friends, a quick meat-free Lent dinner, or for anyone trying to get more plant-based meals in their diet.  We loved this meal, and you can easily change it up by subbing in other veggies.  I definitely see this being a weeknight go-to for us.

15-Minute Chickpea Masala

Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon oil (I used grape seed oil)
  • 12 oz broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • A sprinkle of cumin
  • A sprinkle of turmeric
  • 1 jar (15 oz) masala sauce
  • to serve: brown rice, lemon, and cilantro for garnish

 Directions: In a frying or saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add broccoli and chickpeas and saute about 5 minutes.  Add garlic, turmeric, and cumin and stir for another minute.  Pour in masala sauce, as well as a little water if the sauce is really thick already.  Simmer for about 7-10 minutes until hot and broccoli cooked to preference.  Serve over brown rice (I used the instant frozen brown rice from Trader Joes, which microwaves in 3 minutes).  Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of cilantro.  Enjoy!

Looking for other easy weeknight dinners?  How about my Weeknight eggroll in a bowl or a Cuban Chicken Bowl.

What are you eating this week?

Hope you have a great day!




45 thoughts on “15-Minute Chickpea Masala

    1. It is super fast! I love being able to throw dinner together fast. Also, only one pan to wash if you use microwaveable rice.

  1. I definitely need to buy me some of those masalas in a jar. We’ve been spoiled our whole life and I’ve had my mom and aunt nearby who have always made homemade masala that I just added to my meals. But now that we’re in TN, I have to fend for myself!

  2. This looks amazing and pretty easy!! I’ve been trying to find more chickpea recipes 🙂

  3. And now my mouth is watering! I love the ease of this recipe and the masala jar sauce. I’d be happy with just the chickpeas, but it’ll be simple enough to add some chicken to this too for my whole family.

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