The one thing that I’ve come to enjoy about cooking is the creativity aspect of it. I love having a whole bunch of ingredients in front of me and trying to come up with something healthy and delicious to make. Last night, I had some tomatoes to clean up so I decided to make a tomato-based curried stew. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of spices, which is funny because I grew up in a household where paprika was considered exotic.
When I went to India, last year (I can’t believe it’s been almost a year already!) I felt right at home with their food – the spicier the better! The people I was staying with were amazed that a white girl could handle all the spices and chilli. Honestly, I was a bit amazed too until the end of my trip when my stomach began to revolt against me. Needless to say, it took me a few months to recover and to be able to eat curry again.
How could I ever stop, though?! Which leads me to today’s leftovers – Curried Veggie Chickpea Stew.
Here it is in the bowl, ready to eat for dinner!
Chickpeas are a Godsend and are a super healthy alternative to eating meat.
Here are the ingredients:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 red bell pepper
- 1/4 chilli flakes
- 1/4 garam masala
- 1/2 curry powder
- 1/4 paprika
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 and 1/2 tomatoes chopped
- 1/2 head broccoli steamed (this was left over from the other day)
- 1/2 carrot peeled and chopped
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 small potato, peeled and finely diced
- 1/2 can of chickpeas (drained)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup of brown rice
- Cook the rice as directed.
- In the meantime, in a large sauce pan or pot, heat the olive oil then add the spices. Stir in the oil until fragrant.
- Add the onions and stir so that the spices mix in with the onions and let simmer for a few minutes, then add the garlic and stir. Let simmer for another minute.
- Add the tomatoes, red peppers, and carrots. Let simmer for a few minutes.
- Add the water, chickpeas and broccoli. Stir all contents together and cover for 10 minutes. Cook until the tomatoes have “melted” and until it is lightly boiling.
Serve over brown rice.
This was definitely amazing as a left over meal. It’s nice and light yet filling and I don’t feel sleepy or sluggish after lunch. I will definitely be making this again! Next time, I’d like to try it with water chestnuts or even some small apple pieces to add some sweetness.
What will you experiment with?