As often happens, this came about as my alternative to a meal my husband was having which had potatoes and tomato sauce in (his favourite items to cook with). I avoid nightshade foods* because they are reputed to increase inflammation in people who have auto-immune conditions like psoriasis or arthritis.
It was the day Storm Doris hit and Hb had been out in it all afternoon, delivering our local free mag, while clinging on to fences as he went along in order to stay upright! He was chilled to the bone when he returned home and so decided to have a hot bath and then some vegetable curry out of the freezer.
I devised this version for myself and we shared the rice and steamed green vegetables. It is quick and easy to make.
The spices were heated in a little coconut oil, the veggies were chopped up finely, added to the spices and sweated for a few minutes, then a little vegetable stock was added and it was all cooked for about 20 minutes before adding the chickpeas. Meanwhile, the soaked and rinsed brown basmati rice was cooking alongside and just before serving we put some sugar snap peas in the steamer, after a couple of minutes 2 handfuls of washed spinach followed for just long enough to wilt slightly. This shouldn’t be overdone as it will carry on wilting on the plate.
Spinach is one of those vegetables that is better lightly cooked than raw (as are broccoli, tomatoes and carrots) in terms of making the nutrients more bioavailable, in this case the iron content.
The chickpeas are also a good source of iron and calcium.
Plenty of B vitamins in this meal, too, along with protein, potassium, antioxidants, dietary fibre and so much more!
Vegan, Gluten-free, Organic where possible.
Enough for 2 servings
1 Tsp Coconut Oil for cooking
A little Fresh Ginger, chopped finely
A little Fresh Turmeric, chopped finely
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
Large Handful Chopped Carrot
Large Handful Chopped Broccoli
2 Chestnut Mushrooms, chopped
Small Chioggia Beetroot, chopped
A little Vegetable Stock, below the level of the veggies in the pan
Squeeze of Tomato Purée
Twist of Pink Himalayan Salt
Lightly Toasted Pine Kernels for garnish
Add the ingredients to the hot but not smoking oil in the above order, stir about then reduce the heat, put on the lid and sweat for about 10 minutes. Stir once or twice.
Meanwhile, cook 1 Cup soaked and rinsed brown Basmati rice in 1 1/2 Cups Boiling Water on a low heat with the lid on until just done and the water absorbed, with the grains still separate, about 20 minutes.
Add the remainder of the ingredients (except the pine kernels) to the sauce, replace the lid and cook until just done but not mushy.
Blend the sauce a little with a stick blender to thicken it a bit but so that you can still see some shape and colour.
Stir in the chickpeas and replace the lid to warm through.
When ready to serve, add some sugar snap peas to a steamer for a couple of minutes, then the spinach for a minute.
Serve in a large, hot bowl, sprinkle with lightly toasted pine kernels.
Copyright: Chris McGowan