I am amazed again and again at how the most simple meals are often the most delicious and satisfying. There you are, pondering for hours over what you could do with all the produce that “needs to go”, browsing recipes, flavour combinations…when all you need is just some common sense and a look in your pantry! You find yourself with a lot of fresh veggies for whatever reason (a very good problem to have imho). Maybe you had a green thumb this season, your neighbour ended up with way too much stuff, or you are savvy like me and just buy anything in the shop that’s marked down for quick sale. No need to let your precious 5-a-day die a slow death in your crisper section. As long as you got some stock, spices, legumes and tinned tomatoes in your pantry (and you want to make sure you always do), you can pretty much do anything from a chili sin carne to soup to vegan bolognese. Or in this case a curry. A kale & chickpea curry, to be precise.
Admittedly, it doesn’t happen very often that I end up with too much kale. I belong to the weird species who really and truly enjoys kale. I love munching on it and also in smoothies. Long story short, if I buy kale, I tend to use it up pretty quickly while it is still in its prime. However, one day I bought a LOT of kale that was marked down. Apparently, there were not many other people around who belong to the kale appreciation society like me. While I froze some of it to be used in smoothies, I was wondering what to do with the rest of it. I mean, there is only so much raw kale you can munch on before your jaws are sore and your digestive system pays for it! What to do?
So I had kale (obviously, the whole previous paragraph was carrying on about that). I had tinned chickpeas and tomatoes. There were frozen green beans, vegetable stock and also an array of exotic spices, as well as a couple of potatoes (that also needed to go).
I am glad I trusted my intuition to throw all this together. Because the end result was delicious, warming, satisfying, comforting, and my omnivore husband loved it too! I served it with cauliflower rice (as pictured) to boost our veggie intake even further, but it would definitely be delicious with any kind of rice! It is vegan, gluten free and very low in fat while brimming with nutrients, protein, healthy carbs and fiber. It is also a very cheap meal, requiring only basic ingredients.
Another plus side is that this delicious kale & chickpea curry takes less than 15 minutes to make! I know what it’s like to be flat out after a day’s work when you are hangry but cooking is the last thing you want to do. If you ever find yourself with some kale on a busy weeknight, here is your solution to keep everyone happy, fed and healthy!
Kale & Chickpea Curry
1 l vegetable stock
half tbsp mild or hot curry powder
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp each cumin seeds, mild or hot chili powder, ground ginger, and turmeric
Large bunch of kale, washed and finely chopped
approx. 350g green beans (frozen)
2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tin diced tomatoes
salt and pepper
1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed (see here for a delicious way to use the chickpea brine!)
a dash of lemon juice
Pour a dash of vegetable stock to cover the bottom of a large, heavy saucepan and water sauté the garlic and spices (curry powder, cumin, chili, ginger, turmeric) for a couple of minutes until aromatic. Add some more stock to prevent the spices from burning. Add kale, beans and potatoes, and then season with salt and pepper. Stir to coat the vegetables, add the remaining stock and diced tomatoes, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. If the consistency becomes too dry for your liking, add a bit of water or some more stock. Add the chickpeas and lemon juice and adjust seasonings. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice.