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Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry
We found this amazing recipe by Angela Liddon on the blog The Vegan 8. It is a healthy meal full of superfoods and feel good ingredients. Make this curry for your partner, your friends, your parents or just for yourself. Instant happy maker!
4 teaspoons (20 mL) virgin coconut oil (I did not use the oil in her recipe, I subbed with 2 tablespoons broth instead and added a little bit as needed)
1 tablespoon (15 mL) cumin seeds
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 2 cups/500 mL)
3/4 to 1 teaspoon (4 to 5 mL) fine sea salt, to taste, plus a pinch
3 large cloves garlic, minced
4 teaspoons (20 mL) grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon (5 mL) ground turmeric
1 teaspoon (5 mL) ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 medium/large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch (5 mm to 1 cm) dice (about 3 cups/750 mL)
1 (14-ounce/398 mL) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, or 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) cooked chickpeas
1 (14-ounce/398 mL) can diced tomatoes, with juices
1 (14-ounce/400 mL) can light coconut milk
1 (5-ounce/142 g) package baby spinach
Freshly ground black pepper
Cooked basmati rice, quinoa, millet, or sorghum
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Unsweetened shredded or large-flake coconut
Lime wedges (optional)
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. The oil is hot enough when a cumin seed sizzles when tossed into the pan. Add the cumin seeds and toast for about a minute, until fragrant and lightly darkened in color (be careful not to burn them). Immediately stir in the onion, season with a pinch of salt, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent.
Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and sauté for a couple of minutes, until the garlic softens.
Add the sweet potato, chickpeas, tomatoes with their juices, and coconut milk. Stir to combine, cover, and simmer over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes, until the potatoes are fork-tender. At this point, I always mash one-third of the mixture to thicken the sauce (using a potato masher), but this step is optional.
Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted. Season with the salt and black pepper to taste.
Serve on a bed of cooked grains, garnished with cilantro and coconut. If desired, offer lime wedges for squeezing over the curry. Store the cooled curry in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.