How does the end of term end up being SO busy? Every year it takes me by surprise. I imagine that we’ll all be winding down for summer, chilling in the garden and making the most of the sunshine, and instead we’re tearing round end of term presentations and parties, late-night baking for just-remembered cake sales and tea parties, squeezing in play dates and birthday celebrations before the summer holidays begin.
So now more than ever I’m in need of quick 20 minute meals that I can throw together amidst the chaos, and these curried chickpeas and spinach totally fit the bill – flavour-packed and nutritious at the same time. As spicy (or not) as you like, so can easily be made suitable for all the family, and they even freeze well so you can make a double batch and give yourself a cooking-free night some other time.
These lovely chickpeas are a great vehicle for some fabulous flavours – zingy lemon, tangy tomatoes, fiery chilli (if you like) and delicate Indian spices, all brought together in a really creamy coconut sauce.
Make them tonight – you won’t be disappointed!
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Someone asked me the other day what the most useful piece of equipment is in my kitchen, (regular readers will know I’m a bit of a gadget-fiend), and without hesitation it is a really sharp, fairly big knife. Let’s face it, we spend so much cooking time chopping, slicing, paring off skin, coring, removing seeds, etc. and doing that with a flimsy or blunt knife isn’t just frustrating, it can be dangerous.
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Curried Chickpeas and Spinach: Shopping List
- red onion
- green chilli
- cherry tomatoes
- fresh coriander
- baby spinach
- dairy-free yoghurt (soya or coconut) – optional
- garlic purée / ready-chopped garlic
- ginger purée / ready-chopped ginger
- curry powder
- tinned chickpeas
- coconut milk
This quick and easy chickpea supper is delicious served with rice or nan breads.
- 2 tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil
- 1 red onion (small, or half a large onion)
- 1 tsp garlic purée / ready-chopped garlic
- 1 tsp ginger purée / ready-chopped ginger
- 1 green chilli
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 400 g tin chickpeas
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- handful fresh coriander
- 200 g coconut milk
- 50 g baby spinach
- 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp dairy-free yoghurt (optional - plain or coconut work well)
Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Peel and finely chop the onion and fry gently for 4-5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and ginger, then finely slice the chilli and add to the pan along with the curry powder. Cook for a further minute.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas, and halve the cherry tomatoes and add both to the pan. Finely chop the stalks of the coriander and add to the pan, saving the leaves for later.
Add the coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened (add a splash of water if it dries out too much). Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
Finely chop the spinach and stir through the chickpeas, followed by the juice of the lemon, and finally add the chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with rice or nan breads, topped with a dollop of dairy-free yoghurt.
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Disclosure: I was gifted a set of Füri knives to review. There was no expectation of a positive review and all opinions are my own. Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate, and will receive a small commission if you order these knives through clicking on the link above, at no extra cost to you. Many thanks for your support!