Oil-Free Sponge Gourd With Garbanzo Beans


Hi, my dear friends.Welcome to my food corner again. Today I will make a simple healthy and tasty recipe of Sponge Gourd With Garbanzo Beans curry which is oil-free. It just needs some basic ingredients and less of your time to prepare. I make it in my kitchen and it is liked by all, being healthier. So I suggest that all of you too try it sometime in your kitchens. So let’s start with the recipe—


  1. Sponge Gourd -1 kg
  2. Garbanzo Beans -200 gms
  3. Onions -2
  4. Minced Garlic -1 tsp
  5. Ginger Paste – 1 tsp
  6. Green Chillies -2
  7. Cumin Powder -1 tsp
  8. Paprika -1 tsp
  9. Garam Masala -1 tsp
  10. Five Spice -1 tsp
  11. Bay Leaf -1
  12. Lemon Juice -2 tsp


Step 1

Wash, scrape and cut the sponge gourd into small pieces. Chop the onions and green chilies. Soak the garbanzo beans overnight and boil it.

Step 2

IMG-5269In a kadhai add the five spice, bay leaf and let it splutter. Dry roast it. Then add the chopped onions and green chilies and fry for three minutes till the onions are half fried. Now, add in the minced garlic and ginger paste and fry for two minutes. Now add the spice mix, salt, turmeric powder, paprika, cumin powder,garam masala and fry everything till it loses its rawness.

Step 3

IMG-5271.JPGNow add the chopped veggie and some water. When the water in the dish evaporates and the veggie is cooked, add the boiled garbanzo beans and saute it for five minutes until the beans are lightly fried. Finally, when the veggie and beans are properly sauteed, switch off the gas and let the dish cool. Lastly, add  2 tsps of lemon juice to the dish.

Our Oil-Free Sponge Gourd And Garbanzo Beans Curry is done. Serve it with hot chapatis(Indian flatbread), paranthas or with rice, dal and a homemade chutney, preferably mango chutney.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!





Quick Chick Pea Rice


Hello friends.Welcome to my corner again. As we know the regular food of our country consists of home-made chapatis, rice, dal, and veggies but biryanis or pulaos are also the favorites, prominent among them being chicken and mutton varieties. But today I have tried to make another variation of biryani which is Garbanzo Beans or Chickpea Pulao which is flavourful and sumptuous, having the right mix of spices, Kesar (saffron) and coconut milk. It really is no less than my favorite one and is sure to appeal to you.

To make this dish:

First, we will make garbanzo beans gravy and steamed rice and then combine the two and cook it on a slow flame for five minutes.

The recipe is as follows:-

Ingredients:- (For the chickpea gravy)

  1. Chickpea – 250 gms.
  2. Onions(finely chopped) – 2.
  3. Ginger-Garlic paste -1 tsp.
  4. Salt – According to taste.
  5. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  7. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Cumin Powder – 1 tsp.
  9. Tomato Puree – 2 tbsp.
  10.  Vegetable Biryani Masala – 1 tsp.
  11. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.
  12. Chopped Mint – 5-6 leaves.
  13. Coconut Milk -1/2 cup.
  14. Cumin – 1 tsp.
  15. Nuts -Raisins, Cashews or others of your choice.
  16. Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp.

For the rice – Raw rice – 300 gms.

Saffron or Kesar – A pinch.

Water – As per requirement.


Step 1 

Wash and soak the garbanzo beans overnight and boil the next day till done.

Step 2

Take a kadhai and add some oil to it. Now sprinkle some cumin in it. Add the finely chopped onions,ginger-garlic paste, some mint, salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and fry. Now add some tomato puree and garam masala. Fry for a while. Add some water to make the gravy and simmer it for ten minutes. Keep a thick gravy in it, it must be sauteed and should not have too much gravy. Our chickpea gravy is ready.DSC00982

Step 3

Now make some steamed rice taking care that rice grains should not get mushy. Mix the rice in the chickpea gravy and add some coconut milk mixed with saffron and some vegetable biryani masala. Add the dry fruits and saute everything for two minutes.

Our Chickpea Rice is ready. Serve it with boondi raita, salads and stir-fries of your choice.

Friends do try the recipe. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!