Potato and Chickpea Curry
This is a real winter warmer - the ultimate comfort
food. For dinner, serve with boiled rice or Naan Bread and if you have
any leftover, it is great warmed up and stuffed in a pitta bread with
salad. This is not a very hot curry, the emphasis here is on taste not
heat but you can adjust to your own tastes. The amounts for the spices
here are a guideline only, please free to experiment. This curry is slightly
different every time I eat it. My advice is to make it to this recipe
once and then you can play around with it.
(Serves 4 generously)
You will need:
2 large tins of peeled, cooked baby potatoes, drained
2 standard size tins of chickpeas
2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 de-seeded & chopped chillies or 1 teaspoon of chilli paste
1 small onion, chopped
1-2 teaspoons of ground cumin
1-2 teaspoons of ground turmeric
1-2 teaspoons of ground coriander
Pinch of sugar
1. In a frying pan, fry the onion in a little oil until translucent.
Add a pinch of sugar to caramelise them slightly as this gives a better
taste and colour.
2. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft. If using the chillies,
put them in a minute or two before the tomatoes. The paste can go in with
3. Add the ground spices and cook further for one minute.
4. Transfer this mixture to a large saucepan, not forgetting to
mop up every last bit of the residue on the pan.
5. Add the potatoes into the mixture. Then add the chickpeas with
the juice of one of the tins, enough to cover the mix by about an inch
over the top. Add more juice from the chickpeas if needed.
6. Bring this to the boil and then gently simmer on a very low
heat until the water has been soaked in and you have a saucepan filled
with moist, mushy, orangey curry. If there is still excess water, just
mash the potatoes a bit and they will soak it in.
7. Make sure to taste the curry when simmering as it may have lost
some of its heat. If it has, add more chilli paste or curry paste to taste.
8. Serve straight away with rice or Naan Bread or with a salad.
This curry is lovely eaten cold as well.
16th December 2001