Guess what’s in season at Chez Foti at the minute? Beetroot, hence the recent influx of recipes! It’s probably growing a little later than most as I didn’t get around to sowing my seeds until early October. What an easy peasy veggie to grow and so so delicioso. Not to mention pretty as a picture to cook with, if you don’t mind your food a tad on the barbie pink side!. This is my first ever attempt at a beetroot curry and I must admit a highly successful one. Beetroot’s natural sweetness works really well with a touch of heat and spice.
And a very healthy recipe too, great if you’re still keeping up those New Year’s resolutions. Which I’m not. Failing miserably as ever.
More of a grown up curry today, but you could always tone down the chilli and serve to your wee ones. They may just love a pink dinner!
Although I’ve called this a Beetroot, Spinach and Chickpea Curry, I actually used my beetroot tops instead of spinach, but I’m guessing these are only available to those that grow their own. I use them regularly in stews, curries and stir fries just as you would spinach, and if you don’t mind the pink tinge from the stalks they’re a wonderful veggie freebie.
Either serve the curry on it’s own with steamed rice and/or chapattis, or as a veggie side to accompany a larger meal.
Enough for 4 as a main curry, or lots more as a veggie side
2 tsp of cumin seeds
2 tsp of coriander seeds
1 heaped tsp of turmeric
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves of garlic, grated
a thumb sized piece of ginger, grated
3 small dried chillies, finely chopped
6 baby beetroot or 1 to 2 large full sized ones, cooked and cooled (see my Goats Cheese & Beetroot Salad recipe for how to cook beetroot), diced into 1 cm pieces
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 x 400g tin of chick peas
200ml of water
200ml of plain yogurt
200g of spinach leaves or beetroot tops, washed and roughly chopped
salt & pepper
juice of ½ a lemon
Grind the cumin seeds, coriander seeds and turmeric together.
In a large saucepan or frying pan, heat a little sunflower oil and fry the spice mix until you can smell the spices, stir continuously so the spices don’t catch and burn. Add the ginger, garlic and chillies and cook for a minute or two, stirring continuously. Add the onions and continue to cook until the onions are soft.
Now add the beetroot and chickpeas and cook for a further few minutes, stirring regularly. Add the chopped tomatoes, yogurt and water, bring to the boil and simmer for twenty minutes.
Finally add the spinach or beetroot tops to the curry and cook for a few minutes until the greens are tender.
Stir in the lemon juice, plenty of freshly ground black pepper and a generous pinch of salt. Have a good taste to check the seasoning, adding more lemon, salt or pepper to suit.