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So get out your salt and ... well actually, it calls for no Peppa... nor any Spinderella. OK so get out your salt and garam masala!
This recipe is EASY and doesn't take too much time, which bumps it up even further than it's taste alone could do for it on the ratings scale. There really isn't any prep work, besides peeling garlic and ginger.
I should mention, I tried grating the ginger on a microplane grater with little success. I think the ginger was too fibrous so it took forever and produced a fine sludge. Next time I will just use the box grater perhaps, or just mince it finely.
Also, this recipe though not even vegetarian, is ridiculously easy to veganize when you have some homemade "chicken" broth powder (click) which is uncannily convincing. The only other substitution to make after that is easy and optional: sub yogurt for plain coconut milk yogurt or plain soy milk yogurt. And voila! you're a vegan, as simple as that.
I will also say a word on the spiced chick peas. This is what sold me on trying this recipe. However, because of several different factors I think, the chick peas didn't turn out as awesome as I had expected. First, I don't think the recipe called for nearly enough curry, even when accounting for the taste buds of a child which catch fire faster than ... I can't think of a good example. Let's say a match. I told you I'm TIRED, leave me alone. So to remedy this I sprinkled curry on them after they came out of the pan, and still, not enough. But this could be that I ran out of my big jar of real-ish curry, and was using a small jar of Frontier brand curry. Their spices tend to disappoint on occasion. Second, I probably should have raised the stove from medium to medium high, as they took a long time to brown, thus losing a good amount of their coating. Next time I will look into baking them, as I've heard this produces crispy crunchy chick peas. They still were very good in the soup though, and I was satisfied.
I wanted to serve this along with some Naan, but apparently all the Naan available to me at the Giant has milk and eggs. So instead, I bought frozen samosas, and omitted the mint chutney it came with since it had milk in it.