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Chickpea Curry

There’s nothing like a great curry to warm up the cockles.

Curry’s are very much a part of my culture, and I’ve got to admit I much prefer vegetable based ones these days as they have so much flavour and added goodness.

Good food that tastes good too.

This dish came about rather randomly, as it’s not made in the traditional way.  I had a whole load of root vegetables that needed to be cooked, and so in the oven they went, without much thought of what I was going to do with them after. I had to make something for my 11 month old, and had some chickpeas in the larder, and thus decided to make a curry with it all.

This is the grown up version with more spice and added salt (although if you wanted to make it for the kids I usually just add a pinch of turmeric and some ground cumin for flavour).

If you can manage to wait, let the whole thing sit for a couple of hours (or even better, overnight) as it tastes even better when all the flavours have soaked in.

Ingredients:

  • 2 x 400g tins of chickpeas, rinsed and drained, with any loose skins removed and discarded
  • Selection of sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips and sweet red peppers, diced (2 of each will suffice)
  • 1 large handful spinach, washed
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 inch root ginger, minced/grated (top tip – In the supermarkets you can find frozen cubes of garlic and ginger – I always have these to hand)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons medium curry powder
  • Pinch of ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder (or adjust to suit your tastes)
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 litre vegetable stock (depending on whether you like your curry thick or runny – I prefer mine on the thicker side)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tomatoes (tinned or fresh)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander (to serve)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Place the vegetables on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast for 30-40 minutes or until tender (watch they don’t burn!)
  3. Whilst the vegetables are roasting, heat a little olive oil in a medium saucepan over a low/medium heat and add the garlic, ginger, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks, onion and stir continuously until the onion is translucent
  4. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes if using and the remaining spices and stir to coat.  Let the spices cook for a couple of minutes
  5. Add the vegetable stock and simmer for 20-30 minutes (you can gently ‘mash’ the chickpeas with a potato masher to soften them a little, which also helps the chickpeas absorb the flavour of the spices. Taste and adjust seasoning as required
  6. Add the roasted vegetables once they are ready, add the spinach and let simmer for 5 minutes (you don’t want them to simmer for too long otherwise they will over cook and go mushy)
  7. Turn the heat off, stir in the coconut cream, top with coriander and serve.

I can happily eat this on its own, but it would also work well served with some cauliflower pilau rice, or good old fashioned brown rice. Enjoy.

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