- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 4
This Southern Indian chickpea curry, created by reader Jon Gregg, is a vegan recipe that's three of your five-a-day. If you're big on meat, then this could be the perfect veggie accompaniment
For the paste
For the curry
- cooked rice and/or dahl
- STEP 1
To make the paste, heat a little of the 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan, add 1 diced onion and 1 tsp fresh or dried chilli, and cook until softened, about 8 mins.
- STEP 2
In a food processor, combine 9 garlic cloves, a thumb-sized piece of peeled ginger and the remaining oil, then add 1 tbsp ground coriander, 2 tbsp ground cumin, 1 tbsp garam masala, 2 tbsp tomato purée, ½ tsp salt and the fried onion. Blend to a smooth paste – add a drop of water or more oil, if needed.
- STEP 3
Cook the paste in a medium saucepan for 2 mins over a medium-high heat, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t stick.
- STEP 4
Tip in two 400g cans drained chickpeas and a 400g can chopped tomatoes, and simmer for 5 mins until reduced down.
- STEP 5
Add 100g creamed coconut with a little water, cook for 5 mins more, then add ½ small pack chopped coriander and 100g spinach, and cook until wilted.
- STEP 6
Garnish with extra coriander and serve with rice or dhal (or both).