Combining plump buttery chickpeas with spinach and beets in a creamy coconut milk and tomato gravy with aromatic spices not only puts plenty of flavor on the plate, but also provides for a complete, filling and wonderfully nourishing meal served with fresh cooked white or brown rice or a flat bread. And with curry powder and panch phoran spice blends made up ahead of time, it comes together in no time at all.
Panch phoran, also known as Bengali five-spice, is a deliciously fragrant spice blend consisting of equal parts fenugreek, nigella, black mustard, cumin and fennel seeds. Panch phoran is easy to find at Indian or Asian grocers, but it’s ridiculously easy to make your own and keep on hand in a sealed jar for a good many months on hand for quick additions to all kinds of vegetable dishes — simply combine equal parts of each seed. Panch phoran is especially wonderful with potatoes.
|Chickpea, Spinach and Beets in a Coconut-Tomato Curry|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner
Published on October 19, 2016
A simple and nourishing creamy chickpea curry with spinach and beets in a fragrant Bengali five-spice coconut milk and tomato sauce
Makes 4 servings
This is my contribution to My Legume Love Affair, a monthly event started by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook, administered by myself, and kindly hosted this month by Siri. It also happens to be the 100th edition, and to celebrate, Siri is offering a giveaway too.
I’m also sharing with Jacqueline’s Meat Free Mondays. The recipes featured each week always stimulate my appetite.
More chickpea curries you will enjoy:
Chana Saag (Chickpea and Spinach Curry)
Chickpeas, Mango and Spinach in a Tomato Coconut Gravy
Chickpeas with Yogurt and Fresh Mustard Greens
Potato and Chickpea Curry with Tomatoes and Tamarind
Chickpeas with Mango Powder (Amchoor Chana)
On the top of the reading stack: Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-Based Recipes