When you are entertaining, don’t forget about your vegetarian guests! More and more people are choosing to not eat meat these days, and it is always helpful to keep a couple of meat-free recipes in your arsenal so that you can accommodate guests that follow a vegetarian lifestyle! This Chickpea and Potato Curry will do that job very nicely. We served this at our Christmas Eve party, (along with an herb-crusted pork tenderloin for our more carnivorous friends) and it was a huge hit! It is super-healthy, very hearty, and easy to make. Best of all, it was delicious! Everybody loved it, even the people who were chowing down on the tenderloin. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!
Chickpea and Potato Curry
6 medium potatoes, cubed
4 tablespoons ghee (or butter if you don’t have ghee)
1 large sweet onion, chopped fine
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3-4 teaspoons curry powder (depends on how hot your curry is)
3-4 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons grated ginger (if you don’t have fresh, ginger in a jar works just fine)
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon salt
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 cup cream or milk
2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1. Place potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat; simmer until the potatoes are tender. Drain, and set aside.
2. Warm oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook until the onions are soft and translucent. Stir in curry powder, garam masala, ginger, cumin, and salt. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring. Pour in tomatoes, cream, and chickpeas. Stir in potatoes. Simmer 5 minutes. Serve over basmati rice.
*Note – This recipe makes quite a bit, so feel free to cut the recipe in half if you are not serving a crowd!
This is a fantastic dish to enjoy year round, but it is particularly nice in fall and winter. Some people might hesitate to make this, because curries have a reputation for being super-spicy. Fear not, just taste as you go, when you add the curry, and you can make it as mild as you like. It’s not as exotic as you might think, so give it a whirl! The next time you host a dinner for friends, or have a party where you know veggie-lovers will be in attendance, tell them to leave their tofu home, ’cause you’ve got them covered!