In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Classic Curry Chickpeas With Potato & Spinach. #Vegan

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As a small fella on the islands, one of my favorite dishes mom would make was curry potato as we say “Curry Aloo” in Trinidad and Tobago. It was usually a Saturday morning meal, with hot Sada Roti and a side Mango kuchela. With my love for this dish, there are times I add a can of chickpeas (channa) and in this recipe we’ll also add some baby spinach to the mix, for the perfect mix in my humble opinion. I’ve already confessed my luv for all types of spinach greens.

You’ll Need…

2-3 tablespoon veg oil
1/2 medium onion (diced)
4 cloves garlic (diced)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (geera)
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper (sliced thin)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoon curry powder (madras blend)
1 teaspoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
3 large potatoes (2 inch cubes)
1 can chickpeas (rinsed)
1/2 lb baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust later)
2 1/2 – 3 cups water

Important! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Especially the curry powder you use as some may have flour as an ingredient.

Heat a wide pan on a medium flame then add the veg oil and as it comes to temperature, turn the heat down to low and go in with the onion and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes on that low heat then add the cumin seeds, along with the scotch bonnet pepper and cook another 1-2 minutes. After which you can add the curry powder. Heat still on low. Cook for 3-5 minutes to cook off the raw curry taste one can usually get at the end if not cooked correctly.

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If you find the pan is a bit too dry you can add a bit more veg oil. You should have a more grainy texture and the curry should be a bit darker by now. It’s time to add the potatoes to the pot. Turn up the heat to med-high and stir in well, to coat everything with that lovely curry base. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the chickpeas (I used 1 large can which I rinsed well under running water).

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Add the water and the Caribbean Green Seasoning and bring to a boil.

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As it comes to a boil, cover the pan slightly ajar and turn the heat down so you have a gentle bubble. Add the salt and cook for 25 minutes.

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At this time it should be fully tender, so using your spoon you may crush some of the potato and chickpeas to thicken things up. Taste for salt and adjust, then add the baby spinach to the pot.

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Put the lid back on and cook for another 2-3 minutes.. basically until the spinach wilts down and takes on the curry flavors a bit. This will thicken up further as it cools, so do keep that in mind.

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In about 30 minutes you’ll be enjoying one of the best curry / vegan dishes you’ll ever have. be sure to have some roti to dip and scoop.

Do you own a copy of my cookbook ?- The Vibrant Caribbean Pot 100 Traditional And Fusion recipes Vol 2

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  1. Gabriella Martin
    November 24, 2021 / 4:56 pm

    We have made this soooooooo many times and always delicious!! Sometimes I sub canned potatoes and frozen chopped spinach instead of fresh and it still holds up very well!! Green seasoning is usually stocked in my freezer and help elevate this dish!! We don’t like super spicy so usually omit the peppers. Wonderful as is every recipe I have tried from!

  2. Jack
    September 29, 2020 / 2:59 pm

    Thank you so much what an earthly and delicious meal we had,
    Lots of love from Hackney London

  3. Queenfe13
    March 30, 2019 / 3:20 pm

    This was very good, my husband had seconds.

  4. Cherrie
    December 19, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Will definitely try this recipe. It looks delicious.

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