Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pumpkin, spinach and chickpea (madras) curry - vegetarian

I had fallen off the cooking bandwagon (just a little) last week but am right back on it tonight making a yummy curry for this mild if not a little bit chilly evening here in Sydney. 

Pumpkin, spinach and chickpea (madras) curry - vegetarian (and around 300 calories per serve!)

2 tsp vegetable oil
1 brown onion, halved, thinly sliced
500g pumpkin, deseeded, peeled and cut into 3cm pieces
100ml Madras curry (chilli & cumin) cooking sauce
3/4c light coconut milk
1/4c water
1x 400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
1 bunch English spinach, washed, dried, ends trimmed
2 Tbs fresh coriander leaves

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add the onion and cook, stirring until onion softens.
Add the pumpkin, Madras curry sauce, coconut milk and water, and bring to the boil.
Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, stirring occasionally until pumpkin is tender.
Add chickpeas and spinach and cook covered until spinach wilts.
Remove from heat.
Sprinkle with coriander and serve immediately.


  1. A couple of notes about this recipe:

    Firstly, it is delicious and easy.
    Secondly, make sure you use the cooking sauce NOT the madras paste when making this... although i'm sure both would work, you'd just need to amend the amounts slightly (let me try the paste and get back to ya).
    Thirdly, this is by no means a HOT dish as the madras curry would suggest, if you're after a bit of heat add extra chillies either fresh or dried (I personally was a little disappointed at the lack of heat).

    You can add other root vegetables to this curry as well, I added sweet potato which worked well and I imagine capsicum would go nicely as well (You know how I love a dish to have colour!)

    I served this with brown rice and can imagine it on a bed of cous cous (probably a better combinations but you gotta work with what ya got)

    I hope you enjoy this and find it equally as tasty and easy.

    Bon Apetito!

  2. I tried this last night and its absolutely delicious. Perfect winter meal for the family and it tastes just as good reheated for lunch the next day!