This looks so delicious, but I don't care much (at all, really) for garbanzos. What's a good alternative? Thanks, everyone. ;o)

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Sweet Potato Chana Masala
Recipe question for: Sweet Potato Chana Masala

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Droplet November 11, 2013
Peanuts would be another option.
 
AntoniaJames November 12, 2013
Droplet, I like that idea! Thank you. I just bought some sweet potatoes on my lunch break; will be making this tonight . . with red lentils, pepitas and peanuts, plus a few green beans, too, because I have all of the foregoing on hand. ;o)
 
AntoniaJames November 11, 2013
Thanks, these are all great ideas! I typically would make a dish like this as a vegan main dish -- we're not vegans but eat 18 vegan meals out of 21 per week for health and environmental reasons -- so lentils and the other legumes suggested are particularly appropriate. I'll definitely have to look for vatana, Madhuja, next time I'm at the Indian grocery store. I also just love the idea of adding green beans and potatoes, and pepitas! Thanks again. ;o)
 
trampledbygeese November 11, 2013
If I'm cooking for someone who can't eat chickpeas (due to taste, allergy or low fibre diet) I usually substitute it with a mixture of lentils and cubed potatoes.

Most other pulses work well. I've had great success with fava beans believe it or not. Totally different texture, but the flavour worked.
 
Madhuja November 11, 2013
Have you ever tried vatana? They are whole dried yellow peas and are available in Indian grocery stores and online.
 
Kukla November 11, 2013
Lentils are often used in Indian dishes; I think green or red lentils will work nicely in this recipe; I would try also toasted pumpkin seeds.
 
HalfPint November 11, 2013
Maybe you can try black-eyed peas?
 
TFried November 11, 2013
My husband is allergic to chickpeas so I'm constantly looking for substitutes. If it's required for texture, I'll try diced potato, otherwise I'll either replace it with chopped green beans or just omit it entirely without a substitute.
 
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