February 14, 2012

Chickpea Curry

Hello friends and Happy Friend's Day! 

That's right, in Finland we celebrate friends on February 14 - we send cards to all our friends and thank them for their friendship. I don't know about you, but to me that sounds much nicer than a day spent celebrating just couples, don't you think? 

As one gets older, friendships tend to change somewhat. There is no need to spend every spare minute with you BFF and it doesn't matter so much if you only see your friends every now and then. I have known some of my friends for more than 25 years and those are the friendships I know will last the time and distance between us.

I made this curry for my best friend last night. It is warming, welcoming and comforting. It nourishes and satisfies. It's my way of saying "I love you."

"All love that has not friendship for its base is like a mansion built upon the sand."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Chickpea Curry
(Recipe inspired by Foodispower.org)

1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
small piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 medium sized sweet potato, cut into 2cm cubes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
pinch of chilli flakes or cayenne pepper
pinch of salt
200g cooked chickpeas
1 small red capsicum, sliced
4-5 kale leaves, cut into strips (you can also use spinach)
400ml coconut milk

1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the garlic and ginger. Cook for one minute, then add the chopped sweet potato and a dash of water.

2. While the sweet potato is cooking, heat the spices in a small dry pan for 1/2 minute or until fragrant. Add the spices onto the pan with the sweet potato and continue to cook until the sweet potato is just tender. 

3. Add the capsicum and chickpeas and a pinch of salt. Cook for a further few minutes, then add the coconut milk. Finally stir in the kale leaves. Heat through and serve warm.