Saturday, November 10, 2012
Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry
This was good. Very good. I really love the combination. I loovvvvvveeeeee sweet potatoes. They are so satisfying. And really healthy. And versatile. I wanted some. And I wanted curry. And chickpeas. So here is what I came up with.... sorta on my own... I adapted it from a recipe I found on food.com by adding a bunch of veggies and spices. I am trying desperately to break free from recipes... I think this is progress (baby steps people!). I wanted healthy so I didn't go the coconut milk curry route. I think this was a good choice. YUM. A definite repeat! Here's the recipe!
2 large sweet potatoes, cooked (I baked but you could steam them or broil them or even boil them)
10 oz fresh spinach
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 green chile, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
2-3 T fresh ginger, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes, with juices
Red chili powder
Cilantro to garnish
Basmati (or brown) rice
First, get your sweet potatoes cooking. I baked mine in a 375 degree oven for about 45 minutes. You can prep the rest of the ingredients while those babies bake.
Dice up the onion, green chili, red bell pepper, and ginger, and set aside
Next, remove stems from spinach and coarsly chop. Set aside.
Drain and rinse chickpeas in colander and set aside.
Chop up some fresh cilantro and set aside.
When the sweet potatoes are done cooking, cut into 1 inch chunks. You don't have to remove the skin -- it is actually packed with nutrients and I usually leave it on but it wanted to come off after baking so I removed it for this.
OK now arrange everything you need and start cooking!
Heat 1-2 T canola oil over medium heat in a large heavy-bottomed pot. I used my trusty dutch oven. When oil is warm, add the diced veggies.
Cook for a few minutes, until onions are soft and transparent, and then add spices as follows: 2 T curry powder, 1 T cumin powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. cayenne, 1/2 tsp. red chili powder, and 1/2 tsp. tumeric (note: not sure what if any difference there is between cayenne and the red chili powder I have from the Indian market but I used both. I am sure you could use either, or neither if you don't want it too spicy).
Cook for a minute or two until fragrant. Add chickpeas, stir and cook for a couple minutes.
Add sweet potatoes.
Add diced tomatoes.
Then add spinach and stir until it is cooked down and wilted.
Turn into a serving platter.
Serve over basmati rice. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!