Half term is over and Spring is just around the corner. I’m already starting to think of lighter, fresher meal options and this chickpea and spinach curry is one of my favourites. It’s packed full of flavour and is so quick and easy to make. A perfect mid-week meal – although I must admit that my kids are not yet convinced that ‘ the green stuff’ is edible.
Yield: 4 portions if served with rice or 2 portions if served without rice
1 tblsp ghee or sunflower oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
a small piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
3 tsps. curry powder
2 tsps. garam masala
1 tsp cumin powder
½ tsp chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tin (380g) chickpeas, drained
1 tin (390g) chopped tomatoes
4 medium sized (300g) potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
400 - 500ml vegetable stock
½ tsp salt
100g fresh spinach
Heat the ghee/oil in a large pan. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook until softened.
Add all the spices and cook for a further 1 minute.
Add the chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, potatoes, salt and about half of the vegetable stock. Stir well and simmer gently for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked adding more stock as needed.
Add the spinach and cook for a further couple of minutes or until the spinach has wilted.
This chickpea and spinach curry is a substantial and delicious meal but it is also an extremely low cost main meal option which I am going to submit to this month’s Credit Crunch Munch challenge which is run by Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and which is being hosted by myself this month. I’m also going to submit to Recipe of the Week over at A Mummy Too
As this is also a healthy, low fat meal I am going to submit the recipe over to The Spice Trail’s latest challenge which is Temple Food.
What a difference a week can make. Today, as I look out the window the sun is shining, the sky is blue; the air is crisp and fresh. It is a beautiful winter’s day. This time last week it was quite different. We live in the Thames Valley but luckily for us we live high up on a hill. At the bottom of the hill and in indeed all surrounding villages have been badly flooded. At one point it felt like we were in the middle of a war zone – there were police, firemen, army personnel, helicopters, you name it, everywhere. Roads were closed, schools closed, functions postponed, nothing was as it should be. I spent the week making and delivering meals to a local church to help feed the volunteers and displaced families. Last Friday the local village hall hosted a lunch for 20 elderly residents from neighbouring villages. Some of them had left their homes and were living with strangers and some had opted to stay in their own houses even though the water had started coming in. We knew that a nice meal and a dry afternoon wasn’t going to solve their problems but we hoped to give them an opportunity to meet up with their friends and to just relax and talk about what was going on. On the whole everybody was upbeat. Some had lost furniture and possessions but I think in a country such as ours most people know that insurance or the many charities will remedy that. There are of course items that can never be replaced. I got talking to one old man and I asked him if he had lost much. “Oh aye lass – not much left I’m afraid but I did manage to save this” he replied with a big smile on his face. In his hand was a photo of himself and his late wife on their wedding day. I had to pretend to find something urgent to do because I knew I would cry if I carried on talking to him. I guess he was one of the luckier ones.
The meal went down a treat and for a couple of hours at least everyone was warm and dry and well fed. I still had loads of home grown plums in my freezer so I opted to make an old favourite – plum crumble. I made a syrup with some red wine and spices to add to the plums and the smell of the crumbles cooking was heavenly. I did of course make an extra one for us to enjoy that night.
The Co-operative Electrical is currently running a fabulous competition for bloggers to showcase their favourite winter warming dishes. Served warm out the oven this plum crumble is a real winter warming dish and definitely one of my favourites.
I’m sure I’m not the only one to wave a happy goodbye to January. Tighter waistbands, tightened purse strings and miserable weather does not make for a great month so with fingers crossed here’s hoping February is a good one for everybody.
My first bit of news for February is that I’m hosting the ever popular Credit Crunch Munch for Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All and Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours. If you’re not familiar with Credit Crunch Munch, it’s all about sharing how you can spend less or save money whilst still enjoying great food. Things to enter could be:
Dishes using cheaper ingredients
Cheap cuts of meat or vegetarian
Meals using leftovers
Meals using up the ends of packets
Substitutions of cheaper ingredients
Meals that use less energy to cook
Faster cooking – less oven time for example
Batch cooking for the freezer
Food you have grown yourself
Meals from reduced food in the supermarket
To take part, simply blog about your recipe or money saving idea adding in the following requirements to your post:
Please link to the Credit Crunch Munch pages on Helen and Camilla’s blogs
Tweet to @Mygoldenpear, @FabFood4All and or @FussFreeHelen using #creditcrunchmunch and we will try our best to RT.
Last but not least add your post to the Linky below and you’re all done. (If you have trouble with the Linky please let me know or add a comment and I will make sure you are added to the round up at the end of the month).
The closing date is the last day of the month – so 28 February 2014.
By entering you are agreeing to let us use an image from your entry on this site, and to pin to Pinterest.
Please be respectful of other people’s copyright when blogging but feel free to send to as many other events as you like, let’s help everyone save money!