Spicy Pea and Potato Curry

It’s the first Meatless Monday of 2016 and guess what, it’s another curry. Yes, I do eat a lot of curries but they’re just so darn tasty, easy to cook and usually they’re quite light on the pocket. This one is as easy as my Quick and Easy Chickpea Curry but there’s more of a punch to this one with the addition of fresh grated ginger. I’ve also added in cumin for warmth and extra aroma. Again this one takes only 30 minutes to make and it’s rich and creamy. I don’t recommend you freeze this curry as potatoes are never quite the same after this process. Also, if you’re going to have left overs keep some peas by and add them fresh the next day so that they maintain their delicious sweetness and that little pop when you bite into them.

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What you’ll need: Serves 4 – 6

  • 300g baby potatoes, skin on and washed and halved
  • 1 tin of coconut milk
  • one large onion, finely chopped
  • some oil for frying
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of ground corriander
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes, washed well (there should be 3 tomotoes per person)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 200g of frozen garden peas or petit pois

Method:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add in the baby potatoes
  2. In a separate pan or wok heat the oil and add the onion. Cook the onion with a lid over the pot and when they start to soften add the garlic. Cook for a little longer with the lid on. We want the garlic to soften.
  3. Remove the lid and cook until any liquid has evaporated. Now add in the ginger followed by the rest of the spices. Stir well to cook out the spices. Add a little coconut milk to prevent it from burning. When the pan is fragrant add the rest of the coconut milk and heat through.
  4. Sprinkle in the sugar and mix well, add a little more if you think it’s needed.
  5. Once the potatoes have cooked add them to the mix along with the peas. Once the peas are heated through you’re ready to enjoy with some flat bread and some basmati rice.

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Costing:

For the cost I’m adding €0.10 for every teaspoon of spice. If you go to the Asian market you can buy different sized bags of spices and it’s so cheap. I think €0.10 is erring on the low side here.

  • 1 tin of coconut milk = €0.89
  • 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil for roasting plus another 1 tablespoon for frying (I’m not even going there)
  • one large onion, finely chopped €0.33
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped €0.25
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger €0.25
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes €0.10
  • 1 tablespoon of garam masala €0.10
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric €0.10
  • 2 teaspoons of ground corriander €0.10
  • 2 tablesppons of ground cumin €0.40
  • 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes, washed well €2.00
  • 1 teaspoon of muscavado sugar €0.10
  • 200g of peas €0.50
  • 300g of baby potatoes €0.33
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Prep Time & Cook Time:  30mins 

Cost per person, not including rice, is €1.36 for 4 people.

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Indian Spiced Chickpea and Spinach Curry

I’m calling this dish a curry as I’m not sure what else to call it. It’s made with tomatoes and flavoured with Indian spices so I guess it’s something that can be called a curry. This went down a treat with my sister for this week’s Meatless Monday. It’s pretty moreish, takes no time to make and costs practically nothing. It would be a great dish for a large family as this recipe makes a lot.

Like most of my Meatless Monday dishes this one freezes really well too but the key thing is not to add spinach to the portions that you plan to freeze, the spinach is so much nicer added fresh. Like my quick and easy chickpea currythis dish takes the same amount of time to make as it does to boil a pot of rice. I’ve added a little paprika for some heat but you could always add some chili too.

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What you’ll need: (Serves 6-8)

  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tins of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • sugar to taste (I added 1 teaspoon but tastebud intuition)
  • teaspoon of ground ginger
  • teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of medium curry powder
  • bag of baby leaf spinach, washed
  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onions. Gently cook with the lid on until the onions become translucent.
  2. Add the spices to the pan and stir well to cook them. Add half a can of the tomatoes and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the tomatoes and heat through. Taste and add sugar if required. Once hot enough add in the chickpeas.
  4. Just before serving add in some spinach and cook until it’s just wilted.
  5. Serve up with some basmati rice.

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Costing:

  • 1 large onion = €0.33
  • 2 tin of chickpeas drained = €2.16 (I used organic chickpeas here)
  • 2 tin of chopped tomatoes = €2.16 (I only use organic canned tomatoes)
  • I’ll add in €1.00 for the spices (it’s much less though)
  • 1 bag of baby leaf spinach = €1.59

Prep & Cook Time: 20mins

Cost per person, not including rice is €1.20 for 6 people or €0.90 for 8 people

 

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