There is just nothing quite like curry. It is comforting, nourishing, versatile, flavoursome, filling, easy and inexpensive. It is a great way to use up leftovers and is the perfect candidate for making in batch and then freezing. The only downside is that traditional Indian, Thai and Malaysian curry recipes with their oodles of oil and coconut cream are far from being a “diet food”. While this is not a problem if you indulge once in a while or are not concerned about your physique, there are certainly options to “healthify” a good curry without compromising on taste, and my healthy pumpkin and chickpea curry is one such example.
Curries are especially suitable for creating lower fat and lower calorie versions of. Due to their ample amounts of fragrant herbs and spices, you don’t need to add much oil at all to carry the flavours. Chili, curry powder, pepper and co. satisfy your taste buds without the need for a tin of coconut cream per portion, and also provide a healthy kick for your metabolism. Healthy curries are a reality!
This healthy pumpkin and chickpea curry is not only yummy, it is also easy as. A handfull of ingredients you likely have sitting in your pantry right now and a maximum of 20-25 minutes of your time, of which the actual hands-on time is very little. Sounds good? Go see for yourself!
Healthy Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 large carrots, washed, peeled and chopped
1 large potato, peeled and chopped (may be parboiled to speed up cooking time)
250 g pumpkin, peeled and chopped (may be parboiled to speed up cooking time)
125 g cauliflower, washed and torn into florets
125 g green peas, fresh or frozen
1 400 ml tin of diced tomatoes
350 ml vegetable stock
2 tins of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (reserve the brine for chocolate mousse!)
1 cup almond milk or very light coconut milk
half a tbsp mild curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
dash of tomato sauce
Heat the garlic in a large saucepan until aromatic. Add the carrots, potato, pumpkin, cauliflower and peas and cook for a few minutes while stirring. Add the tomatoes, stock and spices and cook until vegetables are tender. Then stir in the chickpeas, milk and tomato sauce and heat until thoroughly warm.