Peanut butter and ketchup. Gasoline and Tesla. Summertime and the flu. Some things just don’t go together.
Unfortunately, the summer flu seems to be making it’s rounds lately. This curry is my answer to that! It’s loaded with garlic, turmeric, and ginger—which are all excellent immune supporting, anti-microbial agents—as well as warming cayenne to boost your circulation. Also, it has no meat or dairy, so it’s easy to digest, allowing your body to do the important work of healing.
Of course, this curry isn’t just for when you’re sick. You can enjoy it any time of year and make it your own by adding your favorite seasonal vegetables. Once you’re comfortable with the general recipe, you’ll find it easy to adapt.
Also, this curry freezes well, so consider making extra for some day when you’re not feeling great and don’t want to cook. All that spicy goodness will zap the funk and restore you to your zesty, rocking self. To your health!
Veggie Chickpea Curry
Yield 4-6 servings
- 2 T coconut oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1½ T curry powder
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped
- ½ lb. new potatoes, cubed
- 1 T freshly grated turmeric
- 1 T freshly grated ginger
- 1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp. cayenne
- 5 oz can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas
- 15 oz. can coconut milk (light or regular)
- 6 handfuls raw spinach
- ¼ c. chopped salted cashews or peanuts (opt.)
- ¼ c. chopped cilantro (opt.)
- 4-5 c. cooked basmati rice (opt.)
- In a large sauté pan or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat and add the onions, curry powder, and half of the salt. Cook five minutes or until the onions begin to look translucent.
- Add the peppers and potatoes and the remaining salt, stirring well to coat all of the vegetables with the salt and curry spices.
- Reduce heat to medium low and cook the vegetables, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If they begin to stick, add a few tablespoons of water.
- When the potatoes are soft, add the remaining spices: turmeric, ginger, garlic, black pepper, and cayenne, along with the tomatoes and chickpeas. Stir well and bring to a simmer.
- Turn the heat to low and add the coconut milk. Stir well to combine. Cover and let sit over low heat for a few minutes. Taste the curry and add more salt if needed.
- Serve the curry over a bed of spinach (and/or plain basmati rice). Garnish with chopped cashews or peanuts and cilantro.
In the picture here I used a premixed yellow curry powder, but any kind will do.
Once you add the coconut milk, do not let the mixture boil, or you will end up with a gloppy, sticky, inedible mess. Ew.