Vegetable Curry with Chickpeas or Sweetcorn

Monday 15th February 2021

Vegetable Curry with Chickpeas or Sweetcorn

Suitable for Vegetarians

Serves: 3-4

 

Plenty of colourful, fibre full vegetables plus high protein chick peas. This medium spiced curry takes about the same time to cook as high fibre, nutty brown rice, so cook them side by side on the hob, for a complete main course.  A tasty and warming curry for cold winter’s evenings!

  Alternatively, serve with freshly prepared couscous. 

I like to serve a sliced banana or some diced mango sprinkled with lemon juice on the side. Frozen mango is good and defrosts really quickly.

 

1 Tbsp. olive or rapeseed oil

1 large red onion, chopped

1 large carrot, sliced

1x 5cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated or 1 Tsp. Very Lazy ginger

1 Tsp. Very Lazy garlic

3-4 Tbsps. Balti Spice Paste, I like Patak’s

1 rounded Tsp. turmeric

1 medium size sweet potato, washed and cubed

5 soft dried apricots, snipped into strips

1 red or yellow pepper- de-seeded and chopped

½ butternut squash, cut into small dice

1x 400g can chopped tomatoes

salt

1x200g chickpeas, drained and rinsed, or 1x 200g can sweetcorn, drained

300 ml vegetable stock, I use 2 vegetable Oxo cubes

To Serve:  Brown rice, handful of freshly chopped coriander leaves, or a few toasted flaked almonds.

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and carrot, and cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat for about 5 minutes, to soften.
  2. Stir in garlic, ginger, curry paste, and the turmeric.  Cook, stirring for 2 minutes, until aromatic.
  3. Add sweet potato, dried apricots and the red or yellow pepper with the butternut squash.
  4. Stir well, then add the canned tomatoes, a light seasoning of salt and the stock.
  5. Bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 35 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.  Stir in chick peas or sweetcorn and continue to simmer, covered for 3 minutes.
  6. Serve the curry, sprinkled with the coriander, or flaked almonds on a bed of boiled brown rice, or some freshly prepared couscous.

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