Butternut and Chickpea Curry


I’m not sure I can really call this recipe a curry – it’s so mildly spiced – but it’s a good introductory version for sensitive palates: a kind of plant-based answer to the korma. It’s sweet and creamy, if you like that sort of thing, and very easy to make. The most laborious part is peeling and chopping the butternut…

 

Serves: 2 big people and 2 little people, or 4 medium-sized ones

Contains: Coconut

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 small to medium-sized butternut squash – peeled, de-seeded (but keep the seeds… they’re really nice toasted) and diced
  • 1 tin (400ml) low-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tin chickpeas in unsalted water – drained
  • 1 small white onion – peeled and chopped
  • 4-6 cloves garlic (according to taste) – peeled and chopped
  • 1-2cm fresh ginger – peeled and chopped
  • 1 level teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 level teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 level teaspoon nutmeg
  • Hot water as needed
  • Fresh coriander to garnish

 

Method:

If you own a mini-chopper, then you will be able to quickly and finely chop the onion, garlic and ginger. Otherwise you will have to do this by hand – a good chef’s knife and chopping board will help here. Add a small amount of water to a large pan and add the onion, garlic and ginger. Water-saute for 5 minutes on a low heat to soften, but not brown. Stir regularly. Add the butternut and spices and continue to stir for a further 5 minutes. Add a little more water intermittently as needed to prevent sticking. Add the coconut milk and simmer gently on a low heat for 20 minutes. Keep a lid on if you have one and stir intermittently, adding water as necessary to maintain a sauce-like consistency. Serve with brown rice. Garnish with fresh coriander.

[N.B. For babies, the sauce can be blended to a smooth consistency. For older babies (and fussy youngsters) this can be mixed with rice to add texture.]

 

Butternut Curry

Butternut and chickpea curry: apologies for the tungsten lighting and lack of garnish (it was all gone by the time I took the photo). Note to self: must take prettier pictures!

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