Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

It seems like ages since I posted a curry dish  here on the blog.  I have been concentrating on the "comfort" side of my blog since Thanksgiving, so I decided it was high time to get back to some of the "curry" side of my blog.  It's not like we haven't been eating and rice and curry at home, this curry girl cannot get by without her spicy favorites.  I have just been cooking a lot of old favorites that I have posted already so it's time to break out a new recipe. I decided to use my new favorite ingredient:  the sweet potato.  Yes, at last count I have 12lbs left to use.  So I decided to curry two pounds worth with some chickpeas.  This vegetarian dish is so easy and it was amazingly satisfying.  You can eat it with rice on it's own or as part of an entire curry meal.  So if you are keeping track... I only have 10lbs of sweet potatoes to go... (not bad from the 24lb I bought while they were on sale) :)

2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
2 medium zucchini cubed (large)  
1 medium onion chopped
1 bell pepper or sweet pepper chopped
1 (15oz) can of chickpeas rinsed and drained
2 heaping Tbs of ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds (optional)
1 (2inch) piece of cinnamon
10-15 curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
2-3 Tbs of curry powder (I used McCormick)
red chili flakes to taste
1 cup of coconut milk
juice of half a lime
1 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
3-4 cups of water
1-2 Tbs of canola oil

Note:  This made a pretty large quantity of curry for about 6-8 people.  You can certainly half the entire recipe to make it for a smaller crowd.

In a pan heat up your canola oil on medium-high heat.   Add your curry leaves, cinnamon stick, cumin and mustard seeds.  Fry for a few seconds until the mustard seeds start to pop. (do not burn)  Then add your onion, garlic/ginger, peppers and fenugreek seeds (if using).
Next add your cut up sweet potatoes and zucchini.  Then add your curry powder, chili flakes, salt and diced tomatoes. Saute for a minute.

Add your water and bring to a gentle boil.  Cook until sweet potatoes are cooked through (but retain their shape).  Then add your coconut milk and chickpeas.  Boil for another 2-3 minutes.  Taste for seasoning.  Finish off with some lime juice.
Enjoy with rice, roti, naan etc..

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  1. Well it's about time! :) I have noticed the lack of curry goodies but have been enjoying the comfort as well. It's good to have the spice back though. That being said, I don't want to set of Dudette's spidey zucchini radar so I'll have to leave it out of this. It looks delicious. Maybe eggplant instead? :)

  2. Oh Ramona this has me drooling. I love sweet potatoes in my curry too. Glad to hear you are making a dent in your huge stock :)

  3. Yummmmy. These are some of my favorites to put in curry. I love the use of sweet potatoes and chic peas at the same time. and coconut milk! Did you make this just for me? :)

  4. Looks so delicious. I would go for this on a rainy day like today!

  5. Mmm, this has all my favorite curry veggies in it :) Looks wonderful and fragrant! I've never had zucchini in a curry before, I bet it works well.

  6. What types of places might I be able to buy curry leaves? This looks so delicious by the way! Can't wait to try it.

  7. What a wonderful curry dish you have here. Love all the veggies and the chick peas. Yum

  8. What a colourful looking curry. Sounds delicious too. Sweet potatoes and chick peas make a great match and I have no doubt they're perfect in this curry

  9. Looks so good. A big bowl of this is so comforting!

  10. That's just lovely--and love the green that the zucchini adds to the dish!

  11. I love spicy food too and this does look delicious and comforting. Spicy food is good to chase away the cold :)

  12. WOW!! Apparently I need to add more sweet potatoes to my diet. I think I probably buy 2 pounds of sweet potatoes all year! I just never think to cook with them!

  13. OMG, I am so coming over for dinner! :) You should write a cookbook. Seriously!

  14. You've made a good dent in your potato stash! This curry looks so delicious. I've never tried sweet potatoes in a curry!

  15. This looks so delicious, I want a big bowl of it! And wow, a 24lb of sweet potatoes? That's crazy, but I would definitely do the same thing cause I'm obsessed with them!! Great recipe :)

  16. I am not a sweet potato fan but this could change my mind I think. I once bought 60 pounds of apples. Long story. Lol!

  17. This looks delicious....and you got to use up more of your sweet potatoes!

  18. 12 pounds? With a recipe like this, they will go fast.

  19. I never had a chance to try sweet potato curry, great idea and tq fr sharing the recipe :)

  20. These look delicious!!Love sweet potatoes and chickpeas combo.Awesome :)

  21. Your sweet potato stash is really dwindling! This is a dish I'd like to snuggle up to on a cold day with lots of naan to go with it.


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