Reaper Chickpeas and Greens

This is a quick and easy recipe for creating an Indian-inspired dish featuring Secret Aardvark Reaper Smoked Hot Sauce and simple ingredients you may already have on-hand in your refrigerator and pantry. It makes for a hearty, vegan-friendly side dish — or a simple meal. The recipe uses Kale, but you can use whatever greens you have handy: spinach, chard or collard greens are great, too.


  • 1 tbsp oil 
  • 1 large bunch of Kale or other leafy greens, chopped 
  • 1 large onion, small diced 
  • 3-4 cloves (~1tbsp) garlic, minced  
  • 3 cups (28 oz can) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 
  • 1 tsp garam masala 
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric  
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander  
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin 
  • 1 tsp Secret Aardvark Reaper Smoked Hot Sauce, or to taste 
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste 
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste mixed with ¼ cup water 
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (~1 lemon) 


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and onion and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and lightly golden. Add the garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.  
  2. Stir the chickpeas, garam masala, turmeric, coriander, cumin, Reaper Hot Sauce, and salt into the pan. In a small bowl mix the tomato paste with the ¼ cup of water until smooth, then add to the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
  3. Add the chopped kale (or greens of choice) and a small sprinkle of salt to pan. Let the greens wilt for about 1 minute to shrink somewhat before trying to stir them in. Carefully stir as the greens wilt to mix in fully. Sauté an additional 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
  4. Add the lemon juice, and stir, cooking 1 minute. Taste and adjust seasoning/sauce to desired heat level.  
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro or scallion greens, a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and serve with rice or flatbread!  

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