Slow Cooker Butter Chickpeas

Slow Cooker Butter Chickpeas

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Butter Chickpeas

I will readily admit it. I love my slow cooker. Now that school has started and I return back to my “normal” work schedule, I love my slow cooker even more. And I love making Indian vegetarian meals like cooker butter chickpeas in it. Yes, I sound like a broken record, but really the slow cooker makes life easier.

With some planning and a few extra minutes, vegetarian slow cooker butter chickpeas can be in your future. I am finding with a lot of Indian vegetarian slow cooker recipes, there is more preparation involved. Not many dump it in and go meals. That is OK. The preparation time isn’t crazy. Adds about 10-15 minutes more. I am thinking you could prepare the base and veggies the night before then dumping it all in the slow cooker in the morning on the way out the door. I will have to give it a try sometimes.

Potatoes or Tofu?

I make this recipe with potatoes. You could substitute tofu if you would like it. I have tried making this recipe with tofu and it just did not work out. In fact, when I make anything with tofu, it does not work out. Do not get me wrong, I love tofu. I just can not cook it properly. When I want tofu then I go out to an Asian restaurant. If you have a knack for preparing tofu, then go for it adding it into this recipe.

Ingredients

 

Butter Chickpea Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium size onion, diced
  • 1-3 potatoes depending on size, diced small
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • A couple turns of the pepper grinder
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

Preparation

  • Prepare the vegetables except for the cilantro.
  • Put potatoes and chickpeas in slow cooker
  • Heat oil in pan over medium heat.
  • Add onion to the pan cooking until softened.
  • Add garlic stirring to combine and until fragrant.
  • Whisk coconut milk, tomato puree, garam masala, curry powder, chili powder, ground ginger, salt, and pepper together.
  • Add coconut mixture to onions and garlic cooking until slightly thick about 5 minutes.
  • Pour mixture on top of potatoes and chickpeas combining until mixed well.
  • Cook on hight for 4 hours until sauce is thick and potatoes cooked.
  • Add cilantro just before serving.
  • Serve with rice or naan bread.

Serves 4-6.

 

Slow Cooker Aloo Gobi

Slow Cooker Aloo Gobi

Vegetarian Treat in Slow Cooker Aloo Gobi

When someone mentions a slow cooker, the first thing for many that comes to mind is a meat and bean chili. Or maybe a pulled pork.  That was me until a couple of years ago. I always thought of chili or some sort of pulled meat in a sweet sauce. I never would have thought of a slow cooker aloo gobi or any other vegetarian meal.

Turns out the slow cooker is ideal for vegetarian meals. You can make tasty, healthy meals from a slow cooker.

Slow Cookers

I used that Faberware Slow Cooker until it went kaput this week as I was walking out the door. Lucky I checked it before I left or we would have had a disappointing dinner.

I quickly ran to the local Walmart to purchase a slow cooker not wanting to waste my ingredients I had just chopped. Especially that onion that caused me to tear up like a Folgers commercial. Who knew there were so many types of slow cookers? Well I now do.  I like to keep things simple. My idea is less can go wrong. I settled on a Hamilton Beach Programmable 5-quart Slow Cooker. (Affiliate link to Amazon.)

Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi

Ingredients

  • 1cauliflower, cut into small pieces
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and diced small
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced small
  • 1 medium tomato, diced or a can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated or a teaspoon of squezable ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed and chop them small (remove seeds if you do not like it very spicy)
  • 1 Tablespoons cumin seeds
  • A pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon kosher salt, depending on taste
  • 1 Teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

Preparation

  • Prepare the vegetables except for the cilantro.
  •  In a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker, combine all ingredients except the cilantro. Stir well making sure the spices are well combined.
  • Cook on LOW for at least 4 hours, stirring once or twice, if you’re around.
  • Mix in the cilantro just before serving.

You can serve the Aloo Gobi with rice or naan.

Naan

If you are looking for slow cooker recipes with meat, click here for some favorites of mine.

 

Purchasing Slow Cookers

Purchasing Slow Cookers

Shopping for Slow Cookers

I’m so thankful my girlfriend gave me her extra slow cooker about ten years ago. I had found a slow cooker recipe in a magazine that looked really good. I can not remember the recipe now, but I bet it was for a pulled style meat. I did not own a slow cooker at the time and I did not plan on buying one either. I fully admit I was a snob and thought slow cookers were for football Sundays making chili. Camille was generous to give me hers, so I could try it out. We liked it.

I became a slow cooker convert. In the winter, I would use it once or twice a week. The slow cooker is something I would suggest everyone have in their pantries regardless of the size of your kitchen. It really is helpful for the busy person or family who wants to eat good, wholesome meals. I know as mom and entrepreneur I rely on my slow cooker on those busy days where either I’m traveling or I know I will be drained at the end of the day. And since we are all on budgets these days, with a little planning you can avoid the fast food or take-away trap when you know a day is going to be crazy busy.

Hamilton Beach Programmable 5-Quart Slow Cooker

I used that Faberware Slow Cooker until it went kaput this week as I was walking out the door to meetings. Luckily, I checked it before I left or we would have had a disappointing dinner. While I like raw food as in carrots dipped in dressings, raw dinner would not have been OK.

Not wanting to waste perfectly good ingredients, I quickly ran to the local Walmart to purchase a slow cooker. Of course, I could not see the tree in the forrest there were so many to chose from on the shelf. I like to keep things simple. My idea is less can go wrong.

I settled on a Hamilton Beach Programmable 5-quart Slow Cooker. It was smaller than the Faberware slow cooker, but I always thought that one was too big. The Hamilton Beach takes up less room in the pantry and on the counter. That’s important to me since counter space is lacking in my old kitchen. It is more advanced than the three-button slow cookers, but still really easy to use out of the box. I just pulled it out of the box, washed, dried it, and dumped all the ingredients in it. Pressed two buttons and started the cooking process.

The slow cooker has three heat settings and number of hours to select. What I really like about it is that it goes into warm mode once the cooking time is done keeping your meal toasty (and hopefully not burnt) if you are late getting home. And other plus is that the removable stoneware crock and glass lid are dish washable. A huge plus for me since I hate doing dishes.

Aloo Gobi

Slow Cookers Glore

Slow cookers now come all sizes and types. You can get small ones or large ones. Slow cookers that can travel without spilling. Ones that connect to other slow cookers in a buffet chain. There are ones that can slow cook, pressure cook, steam, and make rice. Decide before you go shopping what you are looking for or you will end up standing in the aisle with a glazed over look. Prices range from $15.00 to well over $100.00. Some of the best known brands for slow cookers are Crock-Pot and Hamilton Beach, but there are others. Everyone has their spoon in the slow cooker market these days.

It comes down to what your cooking needs are and what’s your budget. A slow cooker can be a good investment. And everyone likes to coming home to a house that smells wonderful… like a home-cooked meal.

Disclosure: The above links to products on Amazon are affiliate links, but I have received no compensation from Amazon or the brands in featuring their products in this blog post. If you buy from Amazon that’s great. If you buy from your local big box retailer that’s great as well. 

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