Monday, November 21, 2016

Palak Chloe (Spinach & Chickpea Curry)

I really-really don't get it why women insist on a big-modern-stylish kitchen prior to settling down. Really, it does not make sense, but you know what? Just leave it to this current generation of women power. They, yes they or perhaps also slyly instigated by their modern trendy mums, women these days somehow have mastered the art of fine tuning their future husbands for a beautiful kitchen. Included in the marriage package of course must be a proposal in Switzerland or Swaziland, wedding pictures taken closest to Eiffel Tower, or Buckingham Palace or the least should be at now not so popular Taiwan romance. Also, wedding possibly be held in a posh venue with at least 500 people and marriage must come with nothing less than a fully furnished house (more at Chilli Coriander Steamed Fish).

Honestly, can we say anything? Of course not, except maybe best of luck to the future social media husbands. Me and my imperfect other half on the other hand cannot be more grateful for settling down many-many moons ago. Otherwise, even if we have sold off our house (only one house) and cars, I doubt we could have afforded a "hei, hello, my wedding is grandest okay!". (more at Malaysian Coriander Spaghetti). Anyway, the so called current educated women eventually will settle down, yet their stylish kitchen will remain super clean akin a showroom kitchen because they have no time to cook or choose not to cook. Therefore, obviously its back to eating out, or eating at mums, or eating at MIL, or maid chef food. Whatever, I sincerely wish all roads to the grandest wedding will lead to "they live happily ever after" or only time will tell when real-time married life takes a toll on Cinderella time.

Having said that, I think its best we watch the fairy tale wedding everyone is competing for from a distance while at this juncture we shall usher this vegetarian curry (vegetable green currycauliflower coriander currymoor kolumbu/yogurt curryvegetable kurma Indian okra curry) from nava-k's "hot-hot", stuffy and small kitchen. Lovingly made by pouring lots of love portion for her typical Indian other half, Palak Chloe showcases the healthy and affordable "Popeye The Sailor Man's"(amazing health benefits of spinach) spinach, (potato spinach, spinach sambar/dhal currycumin spinach and tofu & spinach tomato soup) and protein packed chickpea (spicy chickpea & long beans) in a thick, creamy and fragrant curry.

Lots of love, take care everyone.

1 can chick peas (or 1 cup of soaked for at least 4 hours and simmer till tender chick peas)
1 bunch spinach - rinse, please soak and rinse to get of rid sand and soil
1 medium size tomato - slice
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1/4 cup thick coconut milk
1/2 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves or some curry leaves
 4 tbsp of oil
Salt to taste
Water as needed (depending on how thick or runny you prefer the curry)
For the curry paste
1/2 tbsp plain chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp fennel powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
A little garam masala
**mix these ingredients with some water for a thick paste

Heat oil
Saute ginger paste and garlic paste.
Add curry paste.
Cook and stir till aromatic and oil splits.
Add tomato.
Stir in.
Pour 1 1/2 cups of water.
Add spinach.
Stir and cook to soften spinach/or till mushy.
Tip in chick pea (without the liquid).
Season with salt.
Pour in coconut milk.
Stir and simmer to heat through.
Off the heat and combine in fenugreek leaves or curry leaves.
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  1. Spinach and Chickpeas.. such a healthy combo..Love it!!

  2. we never put spinach in it, will try this time
    keep in touch

  3. ha ha loved reading it Nava...Its truth the kitchen will remain clean as no time for cooking or some thinks cooking is a disgusting job... Very nice and healthy curry

  4. Honestly, I've only eaten chickpeas in the kacang putih form. Love to try this dish some day..... xoxo

  5. Looks so lovely!! The coconut milk will make such a difference!

  6. wonderful explanation nava:)looks so delicious

  7. Both are my favourite! It must be very delicious.

  8. I truly enjoyed reading your post, may be even tiny bit more than your delicious looking dish.

    Step by step photos are really helpful.

  9. Healthy and delicious curry....!Love it and well explained..!!

  10. So much loving this comfort and yummy bowl of goodness...

  11. I love veg food more and i love how this recipe is simple and easy to make.. will try it.. Thanks fr sharing

  12. I love curries like this... so good with rice or chapathis...

  13. Hey Nava, you're cooking chickpeas too? Seems like a trend now ^_^

  14. Yum yum i like this dish. can eat with steaming rice. Heaven.

  15. Looks super yummy .I love the combo of methi and chickpeas ..

  16. How did I ever miss this super duper thing? Muah... Thanks for the recipe Nava and a very Happy New Year..

  17. My favorite combination and protein rich gravy.


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