I woke up this morning and ordered a McDonald’s from my hungover bed to be delivered to my door. What a glorious time to be alive. Two hash browns and an egg McMuffin later, I was still hungry, so dragged myself out of bed and into my kitchen to make a big vat of vegetable korma – bit random, but that’s what I fancied, and I couldn’t afford another Uber Eats.
Healthy sweet potato & chickpea korma
Serves 2 generously / Hands on time 40 mins / Total time 1 hr 10 mins / V ❄
You’ll need: A stick blender or a food processor. Pestle and mortar
1 tsp rapeseed oil
2 small or 1 large white onion, roughly chopped
4 large garlic cloves, sliced
Knob of ginger, grated
1 tsp sea salt flakes
8 cardamon pods, shelled and crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground turmeric
Pinch of chilli flakes
Pinch of saffron (optional)
2 tsp caster sugar
1 tbs plain flour
5 tbs full fat Greek yogurt or double cream
1 sweet potato (around 300g), peeled and cubed
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Handful frozen peas
Handful fresh coriander, chopped
Boiled brown basmati rice to serve (optional)
1. In a large casserole dish with a lid, sweat the chopped onions, garlic and ginger together in the oil. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium to low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, bash the cardamon pods in a pestle and mortar, spilling out the seeds. Discard the shells and grind to a powder.
2. Once the onions are soft, add the cardamon, cumin, coriander, chilli flakes, salt and turmeric. Add a dash of water, give it a good stir and cook for a further 5 mins.
3. Add the saffron, sugar and the plain flour and stir. Add 550ml of water slowly in a steady stream bit by bit stirring continuously until incorporated. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and add the yogurt or double cream. Blend the curry sauce with a hand blender or food processor until you have a smooth consistency.
4. Return the pot to a medium heat and add the sweet potato chunks. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for a further 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If cooking rice, now is the time to put it on. Follow packet instructions.
5. Add the drained chickpeas, stir and cook uncovered for 5 more minutes before finally adding the frozen peas. Cook for couple more minutes before spooning into bowls and topping with chopped coriander. Serve with brown basmati rice.
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V– Vegetarian. ❄– Suitable for home freezing once cooled. Consume within 3 months.