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“Butter” Chickpeas

by Marilyn

This recipe is inspired by the famous butter chicken, in a vegetarian version. You can't say vegan since it contains real cream and butter, but you could easily replace the cream with coconut milk or another vegan substitute that would give a similar creamy texture, and add nutritional yeast for a slightly "cheesy" taste.

For my part, I am neither vegetarian nor vegan , but I must say that I love meatless dishes such as legumes, tofu, fish and seafood. I also find it important to offer a variety of dishes to my 9-year-old son so that he can develop his tastes and open up to different cultures and ways of life.

This recipe is a big hit at home. When the Thermos comes back empty from school, it's always a good sign ;).

Here is my adapted (and very simple) recipe for “butter chicken” style chickpeas.



  • 1 medium onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 to 2 colored bell peppers (red, yellow, orange), cut into squares
  • canola or peanut oil
  • spices: curry, garam masala, crushed peppers (quantities of your choice)*
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 small can of tomato paste (156 ml)
  • 1 to 2 cups 15% or 35% cooking cream, to taste**
  • 1 C. wildflower honey
  • 1 can of chickpeas (540 ml)
  • 2-3 tbsp. butter
  • basmati rice to accompany

*For my part, I have at home a mixture of whole curry that I grind in a mortar as I need it, as well as a ready-to-use garam masala. I also add a bit of crushed peppers for a little spiciness, which is optional. The quantities to put depend on the tastes of each one. I put a good 2 c. curry, 1/2 tbsp. garam masala, and 1/2 tsp. crushed peppers.

**I had 35% cream in the fridge this time, but I often make this recipe with coconut milk and it's just as delicious.


  1. In saucepan, sauté onion and peppers until tender; salt and pepper;
  2. Add the spices and mix well with the oil to bring out the flavors;
  3. Add the tomato paste and mix well;
  4. Add the cooking cream or coconut milk according to the desired smoothness (I had to put about 1 1/2 t. of cream. In the end, the color should be pink and you should not taste too much of the tomato , it should be creamy and soft);
  5. Add honey and chickpeas;
  6. Simmer for a few minutes (5 minutes is enough since the canned chickpeas are already cooked) then add the butter.

Serve on a bed of basmati rice.

Enjoy your food!

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Le garam masala est un mélange d’épices que vous trouverez en épicerie. Il est composé notamment de cardamome, coriandre, cumin, cannelle et muscade. C’est délicieux!


Allô toi, qu’est-ce que du Graham massala et on le retrouve où au juste?
Même chose avec du poulet? Merci belle marilune (c’est le surnom que par, par hasard, je t’ai donné)
Bon week-end 😊


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