This curried chickpea hash with 7-minute eggs is a comforting and delicious dish for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner.
The recipe for this chickpea breakfast hash came together accidentally. I was sleeping over my sister’s place and woke up unexpectedly early for a Saturday. While Lily continued to sleep, I got a head start on our breakfast.
My sister is what you might call a kitchen minimalist, in that she keeps her kitchen nearly empty. If you looked in her cupboards, you’d find: a jar of everything bagel seasoning (#essential), some long-forgotten spices, and a bottle of brandy from last summer’s sangria attempt. The same goes for her fridge. She re-stocks the same handful of items each week – nothing more, nothing less.
That morning, I gathered up what I could find – a can of chickpeas, some tomatoes, garam masala, and eggs – and decided these would work perfectly as a chickpea breakfast hash. I fried up the chickpeas with some spices, then simmered the whole thing with tomatoes. In the meantime, I also boiled 7-minute eggs and made skillet toast.
Clearly, this chickpea breakfast hash wasn’t meant to be a “blog recipe,” but Lily was so impressed with what I was able to pull off with her minimal ingredient selection, I figured I’d have to share it with you, too. The recipe goes to show you don’t need a ton of fancy ingredients to make something comforting and delicious. The hash calls for just a few pantry staples, but looks and feels so impressive.
A Few Notes…
Garam masala is a classic spice blend made of cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, and cumin. It’s rich, perfume-y, and warming, and you’ll find lots of other ways to use it up (like this easy chana masala). It’s not the same as yellow curry powder, which refers to the “madras curry” spice blend. Although there is some overlap between their ingredients, yellow curry powder contains turmeric and has a completely different flavor profile. However, if you can’t find garam masala, use whatever curry powder you have on hand.
Step 1 of this recipe calls for drying the chickpeas with paper towels – do not skip this step. If the chickpeas are wet when they go into the skillet, they will never get nicely browned, which is important for developing the flavor of this hash.
Finally, 7-minute eggs are my favorite way to add a little creamy indulgence to any savory breakfast. If you’re vegan, serve the hash with avocado instead.Print
This curried chickpea breakfast hash with 7-minute eggs is comforting and delicious, requiring only a few pantry staples!
- One 14-ounce can chickpeas (low sodium, if possible), drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil of your choice
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt + freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small or ½ medium red onion, sliced
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- ½-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- One 14-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 2 eggs
- Chopped cilantro, for garnishing (optional)
- Sourdough toast, for serving
- Pat the rinsed chickpeas between paper towels until they’re totally dry.
- Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the chickpeas, garam masala, salt, and pepper. Fry for 6 to 8 minutes, tossing occasionally, until they’re golden brown.
- Add add the onion and cook until it’s just starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Then add the garlic and ginger, and cook for 30 seconds more.
- Add the tomatoes and pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to low, cover tightly with a lid, and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-low. Using a slotted spoon, gently lower the eggs into the water, cover the pot with a lid, and set a timer for 7 minutes.
- Immediately drain and run the eggs under cold water until completely cooled, about 15 seconds. Peel the eggs and halve them lengthwise. Season with salt and pepper.
- Divide the hash among 2 plates, garnish with cilantro, and serve with the eggs and toast.
- Serving Size: 1/2 of the recipe
- Calories: 420
- Carbohydrates: 58.2 g
- Fiber: 12.7 g
- Protein: 17.4 g
Keywords: chickpeas, garam masala, indian, hash, breakfast