Tasty garbanzo bean recipe to kickstart your weight loss


Nagina Abdullah


November 26, 2013


I’m excited to share my first easy, tasty recipe with you. No matter what I did in the past, my stubborn weight never came off easily, I always felt tired and my feet would hurt a lot. I thought I couldn’t lose weight because of my genetics – until I started eating differently.

Today I’m sharing one of the recipes that helped me lose my first 10 pounds in 1 month.

Before I lost weight, I struggled throughout my whole life with:

  • Cravings for sweets and food that was full of flavor
  • Maintaining a weight I was happy with
  • Feeling guilty that I was not doing enough and not being as motivated as I needed to feel and see results

I blamed myself for lack of results — I told myself that I should eat less, exercise more, and stay motivated.

After a while, tired of feeling like a failure, I came to the conclusion that my body was the problem. I told myself:

I am big-boned

My frame is just naturally bigger than others because of genetics and

My metabolism is low because I’m getting older.

These beliefs helped me justify sitting at a place well over my ideal weight for my whole life. Today, I defy my own statement and easily live dozens of pounds and 3 sizes lower than what I believed was my lowest weight possible. I did it from changing the way I was eating. I wish I didn’t waste all that time feeling guilty and bad about myself – I could have felt so much better sooner in life if someone had told me then what I know now.

My sister still reminds me of how I just didn’t believe I could lose weight when we were growing up and even well into my twenties and early thirties.

Today I am going to share one of my recipes that helped me lose 10 pounds in 1 month.If you haven’t signed up for my email list yet, sign up immediately so that you will won’t miss my tips and recipes in the future — they will come right to you at your email box.

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My Curried Garbanzo Beans Recipe and a Cooking Video

One of my favorite recipes that helped me lose 10 pounds in 1 month is Curried Garbanzo Beans. Today I am posting my recipe and a video that shows how to make it. See the video to hear the secrets of why the food I’m eating helped to accelerate weight loss.

Curried Garbanzo Beans

One of my favorite recipes that helped me lose 10 pounds in 1 month is Curried Garbanzo Beans. Today I am posting my recipe and a video that shows how to make it.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Sides/Curries
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped lengthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 1 large jalapenoe / serrano pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small tomato chopped
  • 1/4 small can tomato paste (if do not have paste can use 1/4 small can of tomato sauce or use another ½ tomato)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chana masala (or ½ tsp. each of cumin powder and coriander powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 15.5 oz (1 can) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained, or 1 cup cooked raw garbanzo beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped (for garnish)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped (for garnish)


  • Heat oil in medium sized pot on medium heat.
  • Add onion, garlic, ginger and chilies and mix until onion becomes light brown, about 10 — 15 minutes.
  • Add tomato and tomato paste and mix.
  • Add spices and roast uncovered for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add garbanzo beans and mix together for 5 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water, or enough to more than cover the beans. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro and chopped onions.


Tip - Eat with vegetables and:
  1. Quinoa or brown rice (instead of white rice) OR
  2. Eggs, fish or meat OR
  3. One roti or piece of whole-wheat bread.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Nagina Sethi Abdullah, BA, MBA

Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for middle-aged women and professionals. She coaches women to boost their metabolism naturally, shed pounds and keep them off. Her work with weight loss clients led to the creation of Masala Body, an online weight loss platform that provides an easy and accessible system that helps women sustainably lose weight. She has helped over 1200 women successfully lose from 10-80 lbs and create a sustainable lifestyle change. Nagina earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

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  2. Alionka says

    Nagina, I’ve been making curried chickpeas for a year now but I have used this recipe TWICE IN A ROW!!!!!! It is so delicious – thanks so much for posting this!

    • Avatar photoNagina says

      WOW!! That is so great Alionka! Thank you for telling me!

  3. priya says

    Can we replace the carb options (except quinoa) with millets? Also, what kind of millets?

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