15 February 2015

Mild kid friendly Chickpea and Lentil Curry

Gotta love another Curry Recipe!!

My kids actually love curry and its such a versatile staple to have in your weekly meal plan, my slowcooker has saved my life on many occasion! O.k slightly melodramatic but after a full on day with four kids, not having to cook makes me very, very happy.  I always cook it on a Monday because its the day before food shopping and I get to use up any wrinkly veg. So here is the basic recipe and you can switch it up to suit your family.

Feeds 4 littlies and 2 adults.

Mild Chickpea and Lentil Slowcooker Curry 




3 tsp Ghee
I large Onion
2 Cloves Garlic
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 flat tbsp Cumin
1 flat tbsp Garam Masala
1 tbsp Turmeric
2 tsp Mixed Herbs, Fresh or dried
splash of Balsamic Vinegar
Pink Himalayan Salt
Black pepper
1/2 Cup Red Lentils
1 Tin or 400g soaked Chickpeas (and precooked if cooking on stovetop)
400g Passata
470ml Chicken Stock
1 Courgette Diced
1 large Carrot Diced
Handful of Chopped Brocolli
1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
1 Cup Fresh or frozen Green Beans

This recipe can be cooked in a slowcooker or on the stovetop.

Place Ghee in pot or slowcooker, sauté onions until soft.

 I always have these pantry staples to hand, that way this kind of meal can be thrown together even when I'm out of homemade stock or uncooked chickpeas!

Add Garlic, chickpeas, lentils, spices, seasoning and herbs

Give it a good 'ole mix and add tomato puree (which I had run out of)

Add whatever vegetables you have, I usually like to add pumpkin too!

Next throw in your stock, this can easily be substituted for veg stock. Bring to the boil.

Add in your Passata, again this can be substituted for diced tomatoes but the end results will be less thick. Add your splash of balsamic vinegar and slowcook for 6 hours or simmer for 20 minutes.

 10 minutes before serving add in any frozen vegetables such as green beans and peas. These green beans are from my garden. Its a great way to keep them fresh and reduce waste!

And serve! We like it with white rice or roasted brocolli and couscous. A simple coleslaw and some brown rice is also delicious. Often we add a dash of raw cream or my homemade yoghurt on the top too.

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