After a couple of weeks of gloriously warm weather, it's turned cool again here in the valley. And what's better on a cool day than a meal that fills the house with warm spicy smells and fills your belly with the same? Not much, I'd say!
Tonight's dish is a vegetarian curry with just the right amount of heartiness coming from chickpeas (not too heavy, but still very filling). It also has carrots and peas for some color and interest. But the chickpeas are the star - and they're my fav!
I soaked them overnight in cold water for about 7 hours, then drained and rinsed them, put them back in the crockpot on low covered with about 3" of water and let them bubble away for a good 10 hours. Now they're just like the canned ones, but cheaper and without any salt (or who knows what else). That said... if you're short on time or scared of beans, the canned kind will do in a pinch.
Another note - I lightened up this curry by using 1/2 coconut milk and 1/2 almond milk, which I saw on "Ultimate Recipe Showdown" a while ago. You really can't tell the difference in taste, but it does significantly help lower the fat. That said, it's fine to use all coconut milk, as I have many a time. OK.. now on to the recipe!.
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. curry paste
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 clove garlic, minced
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
3/4 c. lite coconut milk (about 1/2 of a can)
3/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
1 (15 oz.) can tomatoes with green chilies
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 cup green peas
In a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium-low heat, combine oil, curry paste, cumin, cayenee, coriander and garlic. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until garlic and spices become fragrant. Add carrots, coconut milk, almond milk and tomatoes. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 30 minutes, add chickpeas and green peas. Continue cooking on low for 15-20 minutes until sauce has thickened and chickpeas and peas are heated through.
Serve over white or brown rice.
P.S. Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there! I hope someone is cooking dinner for you wonderful ladies tonight.