Chickpea Dumplings in Curried Tomato Sauce


Inspired by a dish served in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India called "dharan ji kadhi," our rendition studs the tender chickpea-flour dumplings with chiles and greens. Serve with naan to sop up the sauce for a healthy vegetarian dinner with plenty of protein.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour (see Tip)

  • 4 cups finely chopped mustard greens or spinach, divided

  • cup canola oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • ¼ cup whole-milk plain yogurt

  • ¼ cup finely chopped serrano or jalapeño pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added petite diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce


  1. Mix flour, 1/2 cup greens, 1/3 cup oil, onion, yogurt, serrano (or jalapeño) and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Using 1 tablespoon to make each, shape into 16 dumplings.

  2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add coriander, cumin and mustard seeds; cover and cook until they start to pop, about 30 seconds. Stir in curry powder and ginger, then add tomatoes and their juice and tomato sauce; stir to combine. Stir in the remaining 3 1/2 cups greens and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer.

  3. Nestle the dumplings into the sauce, cover and cook, turning the dumplings over and basting with the sauce occasionally, until tender, about 20 minutes.


Tip: Chickpea flour adds nuttiness and bumps up the nutrition of these dumplings: they boast 2 grams more fiber per serving than dumplings made with all-purpose flour. Look for it with the other specialty flours at well-stocked supermarkets or natural-foods stores.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

454 Calories
29g Fat
41g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 4 dumplings with 3/4 cup sauce
Calories 454
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 12g 25%
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Vitamin A 2424IU 48%
Vitamin C 60mg 66%
Folate 11mcg 3%
Sodium 438mg 19%
Calcium 190mg 15%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 31mg 7%
Potassium 805mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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