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Why You Should Never Let Your Husband Help With Curried Chickpeas



I learned a very important lesson the other day.

Never let my husband help me with recipe creation. Bless him. He tried.

He always tries. And bless him for always thinking he always knows what is best.

We had a giant bag of chickpeas in our freezer and I have been dying to test out some recipes to use them up. I came across this healthy recipe on SparkRecipes (sister site to Sparkpeople).

Curried Bulgur with Chickpeas sounded like something I could easily work with.  I did not have any curry powder so my “curried” was going to have a bit of a different flavor.




Curried Chickpeas

Almost Curried Bulgur with Chickpeas

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
Adapted from Sparkrecipes "Curried Bulgur with Chickpeas"
4.29 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8


  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked bulgur
  • 2 Tbsp garlic olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 3 green onions minced
  • 1 cup frozen shelled peas
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sumac
  • 2 Tbsp paprika


  • In a medium size pan bring 3 cups water to a boil.
  • Stir in the 1 1/2 cups bulgur.
  • Reduce heat to low, then cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat when done and set aside until needed.
  • Heat the 2 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the diced red bell pepper and minced green onions and saute until tender.
  • Stir in the frozen peas, chickpeas, and 1 tsp of salt. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the 1/2 cup of parsley.
  • Add the cooked bulgur and stir into the mix.
  • Add sumac, pepper, and paprika, then mix.
  • Continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes or continue with next step.
  • In a small microwavable dish add the 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbsp sumac and 2 tbsp paprika. Heat for 10 seconds and mix. Add to chickpea mixture, mix, and cook an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve as a meal or as a side dish.

It looked so pretty when the onion, red bell pepper, peas and chickpeas were in the pan. I started mixing everything up and it had a really nice flavor but for my tastes I felt it needed a bit more. The whole time I was making this, my husband (who must have just been in one of his moods) kept telling me how to do this and how to do that. I guess he’s all of a sudden the expert on Indian cuisine since he’s made a few dishes a time or two.

So, I am trying to get this recipe in order, adding my seasoning and he’s taste-testing and keeps telling me to add lemon and this, this, that, and this. I keep looking at him like he is crazy. I just kept ignoring him. I know how he gets and it’s generally why I do most of the cooking.

All I kept thinking was if I mess this up then I wasted food (which I hate with a passion) and this turns out gross…then what will we eat????

Well, after listening to his “heat the olive oil” speech I finally just did it. That is what the “Optional Steps” are.



Let’s just say….

I feel like a failure. Once I added that mixture …. it wasn’t for me.

Lesson learned.

My husband lost is sous chef license. He’ll have to earn it back.

Maybe someone else will like it. I know he ate a giant plate of it. So..it wasn’t a total failure. We just have different tastes and that’s ok.

As for the chicken, that’s just some chicken breasts cooked in low heat with lemon infused olive oil and pepper. (Lemon pepper chicken.)


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  1. Ha! Too funny. Men are like this. Especially when they make a few meals and they suddenly become head chef of the royal castle. 😉 I don’t like chick peas, but I must admit, these do look pretty tasty. I think I just haven’t found a recipe or way of cooking them that would make em taste really good. Mine always come out too hard and just ugh… 🙂

    1. He has his few dishes that he cooks and that is his thing. I am fine with that. I prefer the natural taste of food and he liked a ton of season and flavor. We often don’t work well together in the kitchen. lol. Most of my chickpeas end up as hummus so this was new for me. Next time I will make sure to not add the extra part on my portion!

    1. All mine does is stir fry. When he cooks the breakfast bacon the kitchen is a smokey mess and kiddo makes fun of him. I find it rather amusing. When I ask him to cook I have to give him specific directions and he’ll still ask me a million times how to do it. He just really likes to over season things and that’s just not my style. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I’ll have to try your recipe out! But with just me cooking, I banish my hubs from the kitchen for a reason. LOL

  3. 2 stars
    Hey, my husband doesn’t cook so you have it really good LOL! I am not a fan of anything that tastes like curry, but I love Mediterranean food so maybe this could be modified? Good luck with it!


    1. It really is beautiful! I can’t wait until we move next year when my husband is done with his clinical’s so we can find a nice home to fix up and make our own!

  4. This is hilarious! Love it!!!! 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing! And for the heads up on not letting hubby help 😉

    1. Thank you for stopping by! He does have his good points! Like, I love my great-grandmas noodles but I hate making them. I love watching him and kiddo make them, so I let him do the work 😉

  5. 5 stars
    Hahaha, at least he tried, right? There are a lot of guys that won’t even go near the kitchen. My husband is most certainly a better a better cook than I will ever hope to be.

  6. I hate trying to make things and wasting food too! It is one of my biggest issues with trying new recipes. It sounds good but I am not sure I am courageous enough to try this one. My husband may like it though… should I let him make it? haha

  7. LOL, I would have fired him too. My husband is one of those people who can go to a restaurant and come back and create the dish he ate and yet he will not cook. That drives me crazy.

  8. My husband will make meatloaf or lasagna, two dishes he loves and says I can’t make as good, hahaha but for everything else, he doesn’t come near the kitchen. He doesn’t like cooking unless it’s once in a blue moon.

  9. 5 stars
    I usually limit my chickpea intake to hummus, but that looks pretty good. And I know my hubs would stay out of the kitchen. He knows better. Not to mention absolutely nothing about cooking.

  10. This looks delicious. I have been trying chickpea recipes and this one looks really good. I can not wait to try it.

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