Sweet Potato, Spinach and Chick Pea Curry

Monday, June 11


My herbs are still growing beautifully and last night I wanted to make something that could be garnished with Coriander.

And as I have said before, I am no Nigella!

I discovered this recipe earlier this year and with my mission to live more healthily recently, it has become a regular dinner for us.  It's really simple to make, and good for you too.

Sweet Potato, Spinach and Chick Pea Curry
served on giant couscous




Ingredients:

1 Onion, chopped or thinly sliced

 1 -2 teaspoon canola oil

        2 tablespoons curry powder
tablespoon cumin
teaspoon cinnamon
Handfuls fresh spinach, washed, stemmed and coarsely chopped
large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 2 lbs)
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup water
1 can diced tomatoes, can substitute fresh if available
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
basmati rice, brown rice or giant couscous, for serving

Directions:


  1. You may choose to cook the sweet potatoes however you prefer.
  2. You can chop and steam them in a veggie steamer for about 15 minutes.
  3. I usually boil mine.


  4. While sweet potatoes cook, heat 1-2 tsp of canola or vegetable oil over medium heat.
  5. Add onions and sauté 2-3 minutes, or until they begin to soften.
  6. Next, add the curry powder, cumin, and cinnamon, and stir to coat the onions evenly with spices.
  7. Add tomatoes with their juices, and the chickpeas, stir to combine.
  8. Add ½ cup water and raise heat up to a strong simmer for about a minute or two.
  9. Next, add the fresh spinach, a couple handfuls at a time, stirring to coat with cooking liquid.


  10. When all the spinach is added to the pan, cover and simmer until just wilted, about 3 minutes.
  11. Add the cooked sweet potatoes to the liquid, and stir to coat.
  12. Simmer for another 3-5 minutes, or until flavors are well combined.
  13. Transfer to serving dish, toss with fresh coriander, and serve hot.
  14. This dish is nice served over basmati or brown rice.



I make it with Giant Couscous, which is available at most health shops.




Giant Couscous




Delicious and Nutritious!

Served with a spoonful of Natural Greek Yoghurt as a healthier alternative to creme fraiche.

Read at the end of this post about the benefits of Spinach, and at the end of this about why Canned Tomatoes can be even better for you than fresh ones!

Happy Cooking,

Lulu


 
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