February 28, 2011
Easy to make when you’d rather run than cook, and easy to make on a busy weeknight. This curry can made ahead of time and it’s even better the next day. It’s Power-Packed with fiber, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and anti-oxidants; and turmeric, garlic and ginger help fight inflammation and enhance heart health. Cook this up tonight!
- 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut butter
- 1 medium to large onion peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
- 2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp chili powder or hot paprika or a shake of hot pepper sauce
- 1 14-ounce can (small can) of tomatoes, or 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 19-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup broccoli florets or diced sweet potato
- 2 handfuls of sliced fresh baby spinach leaves
- ½ can to 1 can coconut milk (add to your desired taste)
- 1 heaped tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves (optional)
- Whole Wheat pita bread to serve
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion for about 4-5 minutes until soft.
- Stir in the garlic, ginger and spices and sauté for a few seconds then tip in the tomatoes and break them up with a wooden spoon, spatula or fork.
- Bring to the boil, add the drained, rinsed chickpeas and broccoli or sweet potato, cover the pan and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
- Chuck in the spinach and coriander if using and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Add salt to taste (you may need slightly more than usual). Add desired amount of coconut milk. Serve with whole wheat pita bread.
Check out these amazing nutritional benefits:
- Purifies the blood, and also warms it and stimulates formation of new blood tissue
- Is anti-arthritic and acts as a natural anti-bacterial
- May be added to high-protein food to assist digestion and prevent the formation of gas
- Is effectively used to maintain the flora of the large intestine
- Has anti-inflammatory properties that can lessen the pain of rheumatoid arthritis
- It is well known for its warming action on the upper respiratory tract, so it has been used to treat colds and flu; it has been found to be effective in cramps caused by stomach gas and stimulates digestion
- Has a wholesome effect on the circulatory system as it makes the platelets less sticky and is of great benefit in case of circulatory disorders
- Can be described as a food that may help prevent atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke
- Lessens the amount of free radicals present in the bloodstream
- Is a very good source of vitamin C, the body’s primary antioxidant defender in all aqueous (water-soluble) areas, such as the bloodstream, where it protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation
- Contains anti-inflammatory compounds, along with the vitamin C in garlic, especially fresh garlic, may help reduce the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis