Garam masala spiced carrots with chickpea pancakes

To really magnify the flavors of the garam masala spices in this recipe we’ll use a technique called blooming. We’ll warm the spices in oil to really enhance their flavors. The chickpea pancakes are great base for all the flavors of this dish!

Garam masala spiced carrots with chickpea pancakes

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 servings



  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

Garam Masala Spice Blend (you can also buy a garam masala blend at most grocery stores!)

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne more or else depending on spice preference


  • 1 medium onion any color onion, diced
  • 3-4 cups carrots grated, save the carrot greens if they come with them!
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil or neutral oil

For Serving:

  • Yogurt
  • Cilantro chopped
  • Green onions thinly sliced


  • Combine the chickpea flour, water, and olive oil, Whisk until there are no clumps and set aside.
  • Combine all ingredients for the garam masala blend in a small container, you will have extra to use in other recipes!
  • Heat a medium saute pan on medium heat. Add 1 tbsp oil and then add about 1 tbsp of the garam masala spice. After about 30 seconds the spices should be fragrant; add the onions. Stir and cook the onion for about 5 minutes. and then add the carrots. If the onions and carrots are getting dry you can add more oil or a splash of water, if needed. After about 10 minutes, the carrots and onions should have softened. If you have the carrot tops, add about 1 cup of the chopped greens and saute about 1 minute until greens are wilted.
  • Heat a non-stick or a cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat and once warm add about a heaping 1/2 cup of the chickpea batter to the skillet and shake the pan to create a circular pancake. Cook until bubbles form, and then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes. Continue making pancakes, the batter should make another 3-4 pancakes.
  • To serve top the pancakes with the carrot mixture, yogurt, cilantro, and green onions.

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