Tomato Chickpeas Over Dried Fig Infused Rice

I enjoy eating a variety of ethnic foods and I love cooking them in my kitchen because it’s a way for me to feel like I’m traveling around the world while remaining in the comfort of my own home.  If you’re not familiar with my blog, just take a peak at my recipe index and you’ll see what I mean.  I haven’t made many middle eastern recipes (although I have made the same Hummus a bazillion times) so I thought I’d venture out and try something new.

This sweet and savory meal is warm and comforting, ideal for this time of year.  The spices in the tomato chickpea sauce are reminiscent of middle eastern cuisine and it’s paired with a slightly sweetened fig infused rice.

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Tomato Chickpeas Over Dried Fig Infused Rice Recipe
(About 4 servings)

Ingredients for the Dried Fig Infused Rice:

  • 1 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 3 dried figs, finely chopped

Ingredients for the Chickpea Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 and 1/2 cups crushed tomato
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chickpeas

Directions for the Dried Fig Infused Rice:

  1. Cook the rice according the instructions on the package.
  2. Once the rice is done cooking, stir in the chopped figs and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

Directions for the Chickpea Tomato Sauce:

  1. In a medium skillet, on Medium heat, heat the olive oil and cook the chopped onion, scallions and green peppers for 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the chopped garlic and cook for another 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook it for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Season with the salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, basil, and oregano.
  6. Stir in the chick peas and cook it for an additional 10 minutes or until the mixture is thick.

Store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator.


The great thing about cooking rice is that once you get it in the pot, you don’t have to do anything with it until it’s done.  Wahoo, it’s time to multi task.  I made this recipe in about 30 minutes because you can easily make the chickpea sauce while the rice is doing its thing.

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Initially, the tomato sauce will look slightly thin, but it will thicken up a bit as it cooks.  Oh man, my kitchen smells amazing from all those aromatic spices.

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The sauce is a smooth tomato based sauce.  It reminds me of a traditional pizza sauce with a middle eastern twist.  Cumin is a popular ingredient in Indian food.  In fact it’s in almost all curry powder spice mixes.

I love chickpeas.  They’re a great source of protein and fiber and add a great texture to any meal.  For those that prefer to leave meat out of their diet, this dish is an awesome vegetarian option.  Plus, it’s healthy too!  Bonus.

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The tomato chickpea sauce tastes yummy over white rice, but the dried figs in the rice really kick it up a notch.  (Who knew I’d like figs in something other than Fig Newtons?)  They make the rice slightly sweet and a little crunchy from the seeds.  That takes rice to a whole new level.  Your taste buds will go crazy experiencing the sweet and savory flavors simultaneously in one fabulous dish.

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I sprinkled some fresh parsley on top.  It adds more great herb-y flavor and compliments the other flavors going on here.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed “traveling” with me through my food!  Where should we go next?     😉



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Adapted from: Glow Kitchen


Easy Hummus and pita bread would be a great appetizer to serve before this meal.



  1. This looks great. I find chickpeas are so versatile.

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! I totally agree. 🙂

  2. I love all the spices you put in this dish, and I’m a big fan of chickpeas and figs as well, so this is going to my bucket list! I adore that it’s healthy as well 😉

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! 🙂

  3. This is such a creative recipe, Tina!! Love the combination of ingredients!

    1. Tina says:

      I wish I could take credit for it, but I too love the combo of ingredients and it’s what drew my to try it. 🙂

  4. Kelly says:

    Yum, I love chickpeas and this dish looks fantastic Tina! We love trying and making a variety of ethnic foods as well – it’s so much fun playing around with different spices and ingredients 🙂 I can imagine the wonderful aromas going on while you were making this – what a fantastic sweet and savory vegetarian meal! Pinning and thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Oh yes, my kitchen smelled amazing! It’s amazing how spices can really change up a dish. Thanks for pinning, Kelly! 🙂

  5. My favorite part of traveling is tasting all the different flavors of the world. I need to get on your level and cook at home to enjoy too!!! This dish looks so interesting, I just love chickpeas!!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. Fig infused rice? Stop it! That sounds so good!

    1. Tina says:

      That stuff is so good that I’d eat a bowl of that by itself. 🙂

  7. Joanne says:

    The fig-infused rice sounds delicious! I’m such a sucker for anything with dried figs. What a richly flavored dish!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Joanne! 🙂

  8. Marcie says:

    This is one unique rice dish, Tina, and I love the sound of it! The figs and spices must give this such a terrific flavor!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much!

  9. I’m always looking for new vegetarian meals and this sounds great. Chickpea recipes always call for curry but my husband isnt’ a fan, so I’m definitely going to give this a try 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      I hope he likes it. 🙂

  10. Oh my word – I need me some chickpea tomato sauce. This is genius! Where has this been all my life?! I can’t get enough chickpeas and would’ve never thought to put them in my tomato sauce. Pinning!

    1. Tina says:

      I love chickpeas too! Thanks for pinning. 🙂

  11. Definitely going to add this to our dinner menu, looks perfect for a upcoming meal!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! 🙂

  12. This really looks good! And it sounds quite easy to make. Perfect for an everyday dinner.
    I love middle eastern food.

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! Thanks so much. I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

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