Berbere Spiced Chickpeas

with Carrots + Kale

Berbere Spice is an Ethiopian curry-style chile + spice mix with a wonderful mix of base ingredients that are warming, aromatic and earthy with many botanical benefits; anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, digestive, warming, grounding. You can generally find Berbere spice mix where you buy all your other favourite spice blends or make your own Berbere Blend.    


Chickpeas are sustainable nitrogen-fixers; they add nutrients to the soil and require fewer chemical fertilizers to grow.  Chickpeas are a great source of plant protein nutrient-dense with folate, iron, soluble, + insoluble fibre.  Eating chickpeas can help lower cholesterol, and since they are low GI, they are also great for maintaining weight and blood sugar balance, especially with type 2 diabetes.

  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook Time 25 - 30 mins
  • Difficulty Low
  • Serving4
  • Plant Protein

    Recipes with plant protein-rich ingredients.  Examples of plant-based high protein foods include; quinoa, teff, millet, wild rice, oats, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, wheat, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, peas, beans, lentils, legumes, soy, tofu & tempeh, broccoli, brussels, spinach, kale, mushrooms, nutritional yeast.

  • Heart Healthy

    Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.

  • Folate
  • Low GI Blood Sugar

    Recipes have blood sugar balancing and low glycemic index ingredients. A diet rich in foods that balance blood sugar helps lower risks of type 2 diabetes.

  • Low fat

    Low Fat recipes have healthy whole food ingredients that are low in fat and calories to help with weight management and heart disease.


✓ adds to shopping list


  • 1 tbsp olive oil - e.v
  • 2 celery stalk - fine dice
  • ½ cup parsley - fine chop
  • 2 garlic cloves - fine chop
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger - finely grated


  • Big can Tomatoes crushed 794g | 28oz | 3cup
  • ½ cup water - rinse can
  • 1 - 2 tsp Berbere Spice*
  • ¼ - 1 tsp Aleppo chile flakes*
  • 1 tsp salt - sea or pink
  • 2 large carrots - peel + dice
  • 1 can chickpeas - 425g | 15oz | 1½ cups


  • 3 -4 cups Kale - chop leaves + fine chop stems
  • Parsley to garnish


Berbere Spiced Chickpeas with Carrots + Kale


ADD all BASE ingredients into a stainless saucepan.  Saute medium-high heat 4mins stirring often.


ADD all VEG ingredients – bring to a boil & reduce to a simmer for 15-20 mins until carrots | veg are tender. 


TASTE adjust spice, spiciness and salt to taste.


STIR in GREENS and cook 1-2 mins; turn off the heat. 


SERVE in bowls with herbs or with cooked grains like quinoa or rice. 


TOP with pan-seared tofu or chicken pieces


SIDE DISH ideas; green salad, toasted pita or toasted Body Balance Quinoa Bread + Hummus. 



ADD all BASE ingredients to inner stainless pot & saute for 4 mins – stirring.


ADD all VEG ingredients, stir. Lock-on lid & set to Pressure Cook 4 mins.  Quick Release 


TASTE adjust spice, spiciness and salt to taste. STIR in GREENS rest lid on 1-2-mins.  SERVE

Tips + Suggestions

* SPICE AS YOU LIKE – if you are like me & love spices & heat, add max quantity. If you prefer mild, start with less & add as your taste.


SWAP Berbere spice mix for Garam Masala or a curry powder mix + add 1tsp smoked paprika + ½-1 tsp chile powder to your taste.


ADD ½ – 1 onion finely diced if you like.


SWAP Veg: Carrots for Cauliflower  | Spinach for Kale  – or add any other veg – cook time might vary!


SWAP Chickpeas of other beans like kidney, black soy or adzuki beans.


LOW FODMAP use ½ can chickpeas + skip garlic if it affects you and see how you feel.