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Monday, August 30, 2010

Chickpeas and Coconut Basmati Rice

One of the reasons I blog is so I can "remember" food concoctions that I make up and can hopefully repeat again if it is a winner. Today I made a winner.

It is very simple, you see, I had surgery on Friday and food just doesn't sound good. GASP! I know, I know, who would have thought those words would ever be seen here? Certainly not me.

I have been trying to listen to my body - like my friends Alex @ amoderatelife and Butterpoweredbike @ Rendering Lard are always talking about - well my body wants soft, comfort food. Food chuck full of nutrition so I don't have to eat very much of it.

I stood in the pantry and wondered what in the world would fill that need. I had made the rice for dinner, so I knew that would work. I also knew I had the chickpeas thawed in the fridge. The coconut milk started calling my name "Christy, Christy I will taste delicious and help your tummy heal" I swear that is what it was saying.

I am pretty sure I will be eating this again for lunch, because like Heather @Girlichef my kids are all off to school and Mamma can eat ANYTHING SHE WANTS!

Chickpeas in Coconut Rice
1 cup cooked Basmati Rice (I soaked it for 10 hours in water with apple cider vinegar first)
1 cup soaked, cooked chickpeas - I had these in the freezer, they were cooked in homemade chicken broth.
1/2 tiny can of coconut milk (5.46fl.oz)
several liberal sprinkles of curry powder (did you know curry is very healthy??)
sea salt and pepper

If I had felt better I might have added some onion and celery maybe.

It is all about listening to your body. I need to do this more. This really )Works for Me!(Wednesday)


I will be linking this to the Two for Tuesday Blog Hop Hosted by my three friends - (linked above) and myself.
I am also linking this to 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven  and My Sweet and Savory's Meatless Monday.


  1. I love rice with coconut milk and the chickpeas just makes it even better.

    Hope your doing well after your surgery.

  2. I love this. I know what you gals mean by your body talking to you. There are times, I can't figure out why I want a particular food but it fills the need.

    Right now, I want this dish but I guess, it will have to wait.

    Thanks for linking this to My Meatless Mondays.

  3. It is enjoying rice (drenched) with all the curry- coconut gravy of chickpeas :)...comforting indeed.

  4. Hi Christy,

    wow basmati and chickpeas...nice combo!!!

  5. Hi Christi! Awww big hugs! You are doing the SO right thing to listen and see what your body needs. Easy to digest and not too much fat this food will help you heal with plenty of protien and nutrition. You will be back to your smiling self in no time! Thanks as always for hosting and posting and I will continue to send healing energy your way for a speedy recovery! alex

  6. Many of my favorites combined in an unlikely recipe! I love it!

  7. This dish really is filled with awesome, nutritious things! I hope you're feeling better after your surgery!

  8. Yup, listening to your body is key when it. This sounds very delicious!!

  9. What delicious sounding comfort food - and so nutritious too! Hope you are feeling much better soon!!

  10. Christy! You know that I am loving this!!!! And I could eat it up with a spoon.

    I had to laugh, too, because my own blog serves as a reminder of crazy recipe inventions. Otherwise, I forget the details of what went down, such a shame!

  11. Yum! Sounds good! I love coconut and chickpeas!

  12. Thanks everyone - I am on the mend, still waiting for food to sound good! This was just what I needed - and I know I will love it someday!

  13. Christy, what a perfect dish for a bit of comfort food. I couldn't agree with your sentiments more - listening to what your body is telling you is so important, even when it's asking for ice cream! Hope you're recovering.

  14. Hmmm, I have never made rice like this(soaking in vinegar) I will have to look into that some more. Rice is often on the menu because every one loves it. And I like anything coconut, you didnt have to say anything else! lol

    new follower from the wednesday follow along.


  15. I make this too but add a bunch of veggies. Whatever I have lying around. Coconut milk and curry can make ANYTHING wonderful :)


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