Chickpeas are highly nutritious providing a good source of protein, complex carbohydrate, fibre and B-vitamins, in particular folate. They are a little powerhouses for helping to maintain weight, by balancing blood sugar levels and making you feel fuller for longer.
These tasty spices, along with all their therapeutic properties, help make this a wonderful vegetable curry. A really popular dish bursting with goodness and flavour.
1 red onion, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1½ tsp coconut oil
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp paprika
10 cardamon pods
1x 400g tin chickpeas
1x 400g tin tomatoes
1x 400ml can coconut milk
Sea salt and pepper
A handful fresh coriander, chopped
2 spring onions, finely chopped
Natural yoghurt to taste (optional)
Heat the coconut oil in a pan. Once melted add the onion and soften for approximately 10 minutes (until cooked but not brown).
Add the garlic and gently cook for a further 5 minutes. If the onion mixture starts to stick to the pan, add 2 tbsp water.
Add the spices to the pan, turn up the heat and cook for a couple of minutes.
Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, coconut milk and seasoning and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 35-40 minutes stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle with chopped spring onions and coriander. Serve with brown rice and top with a spoonful of natural yoghurt.
* Double or triple this recipe and freeze ahead in batches so you have a meal for another time.