Hi, Ray here again.
The weekend is here again and so it is time for another curry from the great range of Curry Focus curry recipes.
During the week I got an email asking why I didn’t try out vegetarian recipes. Well I do. I love a good vegetarian curry. And just to prove it, I browsed through the vegetarian curry recipes and decided to try one of the Chickpea and Spinach curry recipes. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like chickpeas.
This looked a pretty easy recipe that I had chosen and I only needed to buy the fresh spinach when I was out on my Saturday shop.
Sunday lunchtime saw me soaking the chickpeas in plenty of time for the evening cooking.
The minimal preparation needed was to get the onion, ginger and garlic ready and to wash/chop the spinach. Once that preparation was done, I started the cooking and got everything else together when the cooking was underway.
And nothing negative to report about the cooking. I had to add some water for the last couple of steps but not much – only 3/8 of a cup (90 ml or 3 fl oz) altogether. I think that my simmering was a bit strong and so needed more water – if I had a gentler simmer happening then I would have needed a bit less. It occurred to me that recipes need to work over a range of cooking temperatures.
I got the rice underway just as the usual dinner guests arrived and helped themselves to a beer from the fridge (I’m sure that they think this is some kind of hotel at times).
Anyway, the curry was soon ready and I served the Chickpea and Spinach Curry on basmati rice.
And how was the curry? It was just great. The chickpeas were well cooked but still nice and crunchy with a warm nutty taste. And there was the great background taste of cloves. The curry was dry, as it was supposed to be, and a chickpea and spinach curry is probably very healthy – there certainly wasn’t much fat in the curry with only a single tablespoon of vegetable oil. The curry was very popular and received a taste score of 7.5 out of 10 with a spice/heat rating of mild.
This is a very easy recipe to follow and the resultant curry is yummy. Give it a try for yourself.