A one pan, seasonal curry. All vegan and very easy to cook.
It doesn’t get much easier and nutritious than this to make a crowd pleasing curry. This really feels like a bowl of spicy abundance, a staple bowl of sunshine.
This was lunch today as Storm Something-or-Other blows itself up outside. The trees are rocking, the rain’s coming down sideways, even our blackbird has took shelter just outside the kitchen, not fancying getting mixed up in that raging wind. But we loved this one, so I thought I’d quickly share it with you. This is the kind of bowl that will fuel happy bellies in our house all the way through the depths of winter and beyond.
Taking this picture was a little tricky, but the colours are there for you, loads of nourishing ingredients meeting in a vibrant bowl of spicy winter comfort food. The rain is lashing the house, the wind is whipping the world, but we’re cosying up to a curry. Happy days!!
Chutney is generally a bit different in India to the British variety (fruity, sweet and sour, eaten with cheese etc). Chutney can mean many things, a whole variety of pastes and sauce bases. Here, we’re talking a creamy dip, which adds bags of herbs to any plate of Indian food. This chutney is versatile and will accompany many dishes, add a twist to a noodle bowl, stirred into a soup, drizzle over salads or even add to an Asian-style sandwich.
What we’ll do here is make a nice thick spiced tomato sauce, then cream it up with coconut, chickpeas are radiant in so many ways, add seasonal veg, a fresh and zesty chutney, there’s a wholeness to this kind of eating. A mild and satisfying curry with minimal fussin and frettin. Jane is not a fan of chilli, so this is a mellow curry. Light, something non-curry fans (do they exist?!!!) can enjoy.
Enjoy this bowlful of home cooked happiness!
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PS – I’m told that Gigglebeans is a nickname for Chickpeas in Germany, and we like it!!
Coconut cream is the thick cream on the top of many tins of coconut milk. A fail safe way of getting a good, defined layer of coconut cream is placing the tin into a fridge for a few hours. Flip it over and open. Scoop out the coconut cream. Reserve the rest for adding to soups, cakes or stews.
Use any mix of seasonal vegetables you like here.
This recipe does make a BIG panful. It does freeze nicely.
Coconut and Caulilflower Gigglebean Curry with Coriander and Lemon Chutney – Vegan, Gluten-free
The Bits – For 4-6
2 tbs cooking oil (cold-pressed is best)
1 tbs cumin seeds
3 large garlic cloves (finely sliced)
3 tbs fresh ginger (finely sliced)
2-3 teas garam masala
2 teas ground turmeric
150ml hot water
1 tin tomatoes (or equivalent fresh tomatoes)
1/2 small/ 400g cauliflower (chopped into chunks)
1 pepper (deseeded, chopped into chunks)
2 tins/480g cooked chickpeas
1 tin coconut milk
1 bok/ pak choi (sliced)
3 tbs fresh coriander (finely sliced)
In a large saucepan or frying pan, warm your oil on a high heat, add the cumin seeds. Stir, then quickly add the ginger and garlic, continue stirring. Cook for 2 minutes, then stir in your spices, followed by the tomatoes and hot water. Add 1 teas sea salt and stir. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.
Now add your cauliflower and pepper to the mix, stir and cook for 5 minutes.
Pour in you coconut milk and chickpeas, bring to boil again and cook for 5 minutes, more. Check that the cauliflower is cooked, nibble a bit.
Stir in the bok choi and fresh coriander. Cook for 2 minutes and check seasoning, adding a little more salt if your tastebuds agree.
Serve in a shallow bowl, drizzled with the coriander and lemon chutney. We added some more freshly chopped coriander and desiccated coconut, along with warm paranthas. Your favourite rice is also delicious, chopped chillies for spiciness.
All of your favourite curry accompaniments apply too.
Coconut and Lemon Chutney
The Bits – For One Small Bowlful
35g desiccated coconut
60g fresh coriander (with stems)
4 teas lemon juice
4 tbs coconut cream (from the top of a tin of coconut milk)
1/2 teas sea salt
Place all into a decent blender. Blitz on high. Scrape down the sides and blitz again. Do this until a creamy chutney is formed. Taste and add salt as needed.
Chickpeas are a staple for most of us, so versatile; hummus, stews/ curries, makes an awesome flour (gram), roast them, add them to a cake mix, they know no limitations!!
Maybe you’re not so aware of how amazing gigglebeans are for our dear old bodies. They’re a good source of protein and fibre, a great start, this means that they’re filling. They are low GI and are a good source of vitamins and minerals; there’s iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium.
What’s not to love!!