Creamy Mushroom and Chickpea curry.

Here is a another simple but flavourful recipe that’s colourful, tasty and filling.

It’s decadently creamy. Looks, tastes and smells so good.

Ingredients.

• 1/2 cup of whole cashew nuts, soaked in 1 cup water for a couple of hours.

• 2 -3 tbsp coconut oil.

• Whole spices:1 tsp whole cumin seeds, one bay leaf, one cinnamon stick, 5 cardamom pods and 4 whole cloves.

• I large onion, chopped.

• 1 tbsp paste of crushed ginger, garlic and turmeric.

• 1 tbsp tomato paste.

• 1/4 tsp ground turmeric.

• 1 tsp Garam Masala.

• 1 tsp paprika.

• 1 tsp ground mixed spices blend.

• 2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped.

• Mixed vegetables: chopped bell pepper, one small eggplant, one courgette.

• I small pack oyster mushrooms.

• 1 400g can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed.

• Salt and pepper to taste.

Method.

• Heat your sauce pan and add the coconut oil, followed by the whole spices. Let them release aroma and once the cumin seeds start sputtering, add the chopped onion, a pinch of salt and let it cook till soft and translucent.

• Add the ginger garlic paste next and mix well so it doesn’t burn. Then add the tomato paste and the ground spices. Lower heat and let the spices release their oils and flavour, then in go the tomatoes.

• This will be followed by the mixed vegetables. Mix well then cover and let them cook down in their own liquid.

• As the vegetables cook, drain and rinse your chickpeas if you had not done so already. And also blend the soaked cashews in your food processor or blender to a smooth paste.

• Once the veggies are cooked a bit and reduced, mix in the chickpeas. Remember to check seasoning as you go.

• Add the cashew cream, cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

• It will thicken the sauce and give it a creamy texture.

• Once ready, garnish with coriander and let sit a while before serving.

This curry goes well on its own, you can add some broth or water as it simmers and have it with a dinner roll.

It also goes well with rice, naan and even chapati.

Enjoy the colour, aroma and taste as it all comes together.

This is a restaurant quality curry when it comes to flavour, it packs a punch but not too spicy. Take your time to let the spices cook well and the vegetables cook down to release all their delicious flavor. It doesn’t take long to cook, but do not rush it.

Try it and let me know how yours came out.

Love,

Wanjoro.

Soy Bean Coconut Curry.

This recipe is an awesome meatless meal that can be adapted to any other kind of beans too. It was my first time to make soy beans.

I had bought these beans thinking they were the usual kidney ones, but once I opened the pack, I had to google what type they were.

In terms of taste they are not bad; They have an earthier taste than kidney beans, and seem not to absorb the curry flavours as well as other beans. The kids loved them though; so I guess they are not that bad.

Ingredients are 1 blended onion, ginger garlic paste, 1 tbsp tomato paste, 1 tsp each cumin seeds, curry powder and garam masala, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 can of coconut milk, chopped coriander, 2 cups already boiled soy beans, salt and pepper to taste and cooking oil. I used 1 tbsp of coconut oil.
Heat you oil and add the cumin seeds, followed by the onion. And the ginger garlic paste. Mix well and cook till they stop smelling raw.
Add the ground spices and lower heat to let the spices cook through well without burning. The oils and flavours release are what make this curry taste so good.
Next goes in tomato paste, still on low heat to avoid burning. It will have lovely colour and aroma. Do not forget your seasoning.
You can add a splash of water to avoid burning. Next go in the beans, mix well and check seasoning.
Let the beans cook in the spice mixture a while to get the flavours…
…then add your coconut milk. You can add a pinch of sugar too.
Let the beans simmer in the sauce on low for 20-25 minutes. Garnish before serving.

You can serve immediately, but I like making my curries and stews a bit ahead, then let them sit a while for the flavours to absorb well in the pot.

The result is a creamy coconut curry that’s tasty, colourful, aromatic and not hard to make.

I had mine with rice, the kids with chapati. It goes well with both.

Definitely worth a try.