Here’s a fragrant, flavourful curry that is just as delicious in summer as it is in winter. For winter cooking, I use frozen cauliflower, which is both affordable and appealing to lazy cooks like me.
There’s a little bit of chopping, a few cans to open and then all you have to do is let the curry cook itself. Easy!
1 Tbsp coconut or olive oil
1 onion diced
1-2 cloves garlic minced
1 red chili minced – see TIP below
1 Tbsp grated ginger root OR 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 Tbsp garam masala
½ Tbsp curry powder
1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas (that’s one 15 oz can drained and rinsed)
2 cups canned or boxed tomatoes (If you have any leftover tomatoes, just freeze them in a freezer bag).
1 sweet potato peeled and diced
2 cups cauliflower cut into florets
1 can coconut milk (397 ml or 13 oz)
1/3 cup vegetable broth (optional)
1-2 teaspoon salt (depending on your tomatoes and tastes)
1 cinnamon stick
1 lime leaf – see TIP below
1-2 cups chopped spinach – see TIP below
Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the garlic, chili, onion and grated ginger, if using. Sauté until the onion is soft. Add the garam masala and curry and powdered ginger if using and stir to coat the onion/garlic mix and let the spices heat through.
Add all the other ingredients except the spinach and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 40 minutes. Add the spinach in the last few minutes of cooking.
Fish out the lime leaf and cinnamon stick.
I love this dish served over rice, especially jasmine rice. Enjoy!
TIP – This recipe is a study in foods you can keep in your freezer so you always have them handy.
I buy my red chilies in bulk and then freeze them in a freezer bag. They’ll last for months in the freezer and are much easier to mince or grate frozen than they are to chop fresh.
If you have leftover fresh spinach or kale, throw it into a freezer bag and store it in the freezer. When I need a cup or two of spinach/kale for a cooked recipe like this, I just crush the greens before adding them to my recipe. There’s no chopping involved and I always have greens on hand for soups, stews, even omelettes.
I buy my lime leaves at an Asian grocery. They come in a bag with a couple dozen leaves in them – far more than is ever needed for any one recipe. The grocer told me to freeze the leftover leaves and use them as needed. Works perfectly!
You can always store other leftover fresh herbs (Do you ever use a whole bunch of cilantro because I don’t!) in freezer bags and then use the frozen herbs as you would fresh ones in stews and sauces and even salad dressings. As with the spinach or kale, you won’t even need to chop – just crumble the frozen herbs. Frozen herbs do not work well as garnishes.