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Recipe: Chickpea Curry!

chickpea curry

This recipe is warming and hearty, making it a perfect meal for a fall or winter evening. It is full of protein, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory herbs and spices. For a complete protein, serve over whole grain rice or quinoa.

Start by making this curry powder. It takes a few minutes to make, but is worth the effort. You’ll have enough to store some for future meals.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp whole coriander seeds
  • 1 Tbsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp whole fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbsp whole mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 5-10 allspice berries
  • 2 Tbsp ground turmeric

Directions:

Combine the whole seeds (everything except the turmeric powder) in a frying pan. Toast over medium heat until they become quite fragrant, and slightly brown. This will take 5-10 minutes. Cool mixture. Grind to a powder. Add the turmeric powder and mix well. Store in a sealed container.

Curry

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, diced or pressed
  • 2 cups chickpeas (canned or cooked)
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, diced
  • 2 cups stock (vegetable or chicken)
  • 1-2 Tbsp curry powder (above)
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

Heat oil in a large pot or sauce pan.

Turn heat to low. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onions are soft (approx 5 minutes).

Add curry powder and stir well.

Add sweet potatoes and broth.

Bring to a boil. Then simmer until sweet potatoes are cooked.

Add spinach, tomatoes and chickpeas. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes or more.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Option: Garnish with fresh tomato, a wedge of lemon, cilantro, or other fresh herbs for serving. Enjoy!

Michael Torreiter

Michael Torreiter

Dr. Michael Torreiter is a Naturopathic Doctor at CARESPACE. He obtained his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine designation at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto in 2005, worked at Healing Path for 13 years, and moved to CARESPACE in 2019. About half of Dr. Michael’s practice is focused on Precision Nutrition — a comprehensive weight management and lifestyle program that helps people lose weight, gain weight or just improve their diet. In addition, he treats a variety of conditions including digestive concerns, stress and anxiety, hormonal imbalance and men’s health. As well as being certified in Precision Nutrition, Dr. Michael has completed a Mind/Body Medicine Certification from Harvard Medical School and a certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation at the University of Toronto. He offers nutrition talks at the Running Room on a regular basis.