Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Spinach and Chickpea Curry with Garam Masala Roast Potatoes

Judith Wills wrote a marvellous book, 'Top 200 Low Fat recipes' which is now, sadly, out of print.  I have cooked her superb Bouillabaise from there several times, and this simple and cheap little recipe came up trumps too.  You blend, in a mini chopper, a small onion, a thumb-sized piece of peeled ginger, and rather a lot of garlic - in my case, an entire head of 'wet' garlic.  Add a chopped red chilli, a dessertspoon of turmeric and a heaped teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander.  Saute in a teaspoon of oil in a non-stick pan for a couple of minutes, along with another small onion, chopped.  Now, add around 250 ml of water and a good teaspoon of tomato puree, and a tin of rinsed chickpeas (I have spoken before of my fondness for the cheap but excellent 'East End' brand).  After simmering for 15 minutes, the liquid will have reduced somewhat - don't take it too far, you want some spicy 'gravy'.  Throw in around 200g of spinach and allow to wilt in the pan for a few minutes.  Now stir in chopped fresh coriander and serve with the potatoes (below) and some 0% fat yoghurt mixed with chopped mint.  An amazing 230 calories per extremely cheap and filling portion - this serves two very generously.  For the carbs, I chopped 300g of new potatoes, tossed them in a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of Garam Masala ground in a spice mill (Bart's herbs and spices have a Garam Masala mill) and roasted on a non-stick baking sheet for 20 minutes until crisp and brown - this added a further 200 calories per portion - you could reduce this further by just having a little rice or a flat bread.  Cheap as chips!  (Mmmmmmm - chips.......)

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