Quick Curried Chickpeas with Tofu and Kale

I’m nervous.

My heart is racing.

I have no idea why I’m doing this.

You guys, in approximately 2 hours I’m going to our brand new H&M.

How brand new? It opened….yesterday.


Is this a mistake? Am I even ready? Should I wear a camouflage helmet and bring trail mix in case of a stampede or a war?

Okay, this is the plan. I will supply you with the longitude and latitude compass coordinates of my travel whereabouts in the store via Instagram so we have witnesses when I disappear into the vicious vortex known as WOMEN SHOPPERS.

Actually, it might be wise to bring a flask too. WITH WATER IN IT, geez.

Okay 2 flasks.

P.S. Please make this dinner. I can’t begin to describe how easy it is to pull together and how giddy your mouth will be consuming it. You’ll flip. Swear it.

Quick Curried Chickpeas with Tofu and Kale:

What it took for 4:

* 1 bunch kale, cut into small chunks
* 3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1 small white onion, diced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbs cumin seeds, toasted
* 1 Tbs. ground turmeric
* 1 Tbs. garam masala
* 1 (14.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
* 3 roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
* 1 block extra-firm tofu, cut into a dice
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Using a mortar and pestle, grind up the toasted cumin seed, turmeric and garam masala. Resist licking.

Heat 1 Tbs oil in a medium skillet. Add the kale and saute until wilted, about 3 minutes. Toss in a pinch of salt. Remove from pan and set aside.

To the pan, add the remaining oil. Add the onions and saute 2 minutes, or until they start to soften. Add the garlic and bloom for 30 seconds. Add the spices and toss to combine. Saute 30 more seconds. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper.

Add the chickpeas, tomatoes and 1/4 cup water. This will create a little sauce to work with. Braise a couple of minutes.

Add the tofu and toss to combine. Throw that kale back in there. Taste it. Needs more salt? Do it up.

Plate her up and go. to. town.

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24 Responses to Quick Curried Chickpeas with Tofu and Kale

  1. Lauren November 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm #
    I think you're one of the only people that can make tofu look good!
  2. EatLiveRun November 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm #
    Looks so light and healthy--perfect because I've had one pie too many this week. I wish WE had an H&M!
  3. Maria November 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm #
    H&M just opened in Utah. I need to go! This is my kind of meal! LOVE IT!
  4. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen November 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm #
    H&M is totally something to get psyched over. Duh. As is this super quick healthy salad. P.S. Your pictures are always really pretty.
  5. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray November 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm #
    My husband would NEVER go for this, but I'll have to put this one aside for a night when I'm "single."
  6. Cookie and Kate November 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm #
    I'm totally hitting up your new H&M when I visit KC next month! I used to go to H&M every week during my semester in Bordeaux. You'll probably need that flask. It's going to be nuts. And that recipe—I want it for lunch. Bad.
  7. Marly November 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm #
    Somehow these photographs look vaguely familiar. It must have been a dream I had that included kale and tofu. That's my kinda dream!! Yum!
  8. Cassie November 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm #
    You are NUTS! I can't believe you are going today. I'm waiting at least a month. I'm not a fan of crowds. BUT I am a fan of kale and tofu and chickpeas. This is brilliant. Think of me while you are at H&M!
  9. Deanna B. November 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm #
    You had me at curried chickpeas. I have a bag of homecooked chickpeas sitting in my freezer making me feel guilty every time I open it. Now they have a purpose. I hope you have better luck at H&M then I do. I love it, but the clothes just don't love me back.
  10. nicole {sweet peony} November 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm #
    agreed... h&m is totally worthy of risking an attack of crazy women shoppers! anyways, this looks so yummy. like seriously good. definitely making this for lunch next week. ps* teach me how to take gorgeous photos?
  11. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm #
    Yikes...H&M on a normal day is insane. Good luck, and wear a helmet!
  12. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme November 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm #
    Now you got me itching to go shopping at H&M... and to make this delicious dish! Fabulous recipe!
  13. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm #
    Beautiful pics, Bev! Have fun at the new H & M. I was at the mall yesterday picking up some stuff, not holiday stuff, just random things I needed and it was already a zoo. Hope yours is calm!
  14. DessertForTwo November 19, 2011 at 3:05 am #
    Good luck at H&M! Bring $50 and you can buy the whole store :) Love it!
  15. Brooke November 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm #
    This is turning me green with envy. And jealousy. And kale passion. It's a problem.
  16. Lisa [With Style and Grace] November 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm #
    so, can we get a fashion show on monday?? kinda dying to see what you got. ps. this sounds rad and totally making this when I get home.
    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm #
      I didn't buy any clothes actually! I got too panicked. BUT, I did buy some orphan-chic gloves that I'd be happy to hand model for you. ;) And I got Aaron a shirt. That was more fun. I'm serious.
  17. Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) November 21, 2011 at 3:12 am #
    Yummy! This looks great. And I happen to have some kale and tofu and chickpeas in my fridge right now!
  18. Suzi December 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm #
    Just found your site and I am glad that I did. This is my kind of meal. What is H&M? Nice to meet you. Cheers!
  19. Harini January 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm #
    Looks and sounds really tasty! You take beautiful photographs!
  20. Kate @ Babaganosh.org April 15, 2015 at 11:09 am #
    This looks delicious! The start of our CSA season is coming up and I am both excited about and dreading the amount of kale we are going to get for the first couple of months. This is a GREAT way to make a whole meal from the kale, instead of using it for side dishes/salads and kale chips. I pinned this and I will be making this for sure! Also, I love your site, especially the DIY section. I'm glad that Blogher shared your recipe on my facebook!


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