This vegan, simple Tomato Chickpea Casserole with Thai Basil is a delicious and healthy, Asian inspired dish, ideal served with rice or quinoa.
This is one of my favourite herbs and I am very excited to share with you my recipe for Tomato Chickpea Casserole with Thai Basil.
Thai Basil is a type of basil native to Southeast Asia, with a distinct subtly anise-like flavour and aroma. I bought it for the first time a few years ago, simply out of curiosity, not knowing what it tasted like. But since it was called ‘basil’ I had no doubt I’d like it.
When I opened the package and smelled anise I was a bit surprised, to say the least. I thought I was going to make an Italian dish but this herb smelled nothing like basil! (By the way, did you know that basil, popularised by Italian cuisine, is believed to be native to India?)!
The first few times I used Thai basil it didn’t blow me away in any of the dishes I tentatively added it to. They were mostly salads and some pasta dishes (I kept thinking Italian). So with this chickpea recipe I took a different approach and created an Asian inspired recipe, using ginger, garlic and coconut oil. As it turned out it was the perfect fit for my Thai basil!
Easy tomato casserole
This baked chickpeas recipe is an easy to make, nutritious dish which you can enjoy alongside rice, chicken or fish dishes. It tastes fantastic with fresh crusty bread too! The sourness of the tomatoes is offset with ‘sweeter’ ingredients, including red onion, coconut oil and the Thai basil itself. I added the Thai basil to the dish during cooking along with the other ingredients. As a result, the entire dish is infused with a delicate, sweet anise-like flavour.
You can make this chickpea tomato casserole as hot or mild as you like. I used half of a red chilli pepper (without the seeds), so my dish was quite mild. But you can add more heat by using the chilli seeds as well or even using a whole chilli if you like really spicy food!
Most big supermarkets sell Thai basil so you shouldn’t have trouble finding it. Do give it a try, even if anise isn’t your thing (you don’t have to love anise to love this herb!). If you do make this dish I’d love to know your thoughts so do get in touch:)
More Thai basil recipes
If you are looking for more recipes using Thai Basil check out this Spicy Vegan Eggplant Casserole with Thai Basil. It’s a great dish for sharing with family and friends. I’ve also used this herb in this Broccoli Bean Thread Vermicelli Salad with Hoisin Dressing. It’s a refreshing, easy meal idea, perfect to enjoy on a hot day!
This vegan Tomato Chickpea Casserole with Thai Basil is a delicious and healthy, Asian inspired dish, ideal served with rice or quinoa.
- 2 x400g tins chickpeas drained
- 1 x400g tin tomatoes
- 1 large red onion finely chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- Small piece ginger approx. 1 tablespoon finely chopped
- 1/2 red chilli pepper with or without the seeds
- 1/2 celery stalk finely chopped
- 3-4 tablespoons Thai basil approx. half of a small bunch, leaves only, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/3 teaspoon allspice powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- Sea salt to taste
In a medium saucepan heat up the oil, add the bay leaves, garlic, ginger, chilli, onion and celery, stir and fry over a low/medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often.
Add the tin of tomatoes, tomato puree, sun-dried tomatoes, Thai basil, coriander and allspice powder, season to taste, stir, cover, bring to boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 200 C/ gas mark 6. You will need a medium size oven dish, about 6 cm deep.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, discard the bay leaves and puree the sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Pour the sauce into the oven dish, add the chickpeas, stir through and bake for 30 minutes.
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