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Kev vegan veg curry mk2 potatoes and chickpeas

It’s turning bloody cold; so I decided to have another go at making the veg vegan curry!

For the general list of ingredients, see this previous blog entry here:

I used a tin of chopped tomatoes and popped some squished up organic tomatoes into puree to give it a different base; I also left the onion chunkier than last time, didn’t use a blender at all!

There was also no spinach left in the fridge, so I threw in a load of new boiled potatoes along with some beans and a bit of lime juice. 

I’m definitely much happier with this version of the curry; the absorbing nature of chickpeas definitely makes for a better consistency!!!

Oh, and I also have a Tefal ‘Madras’ curry pan which is very cool!  Bit better than the wok, sure you’ll agree!

Bud bud bud.

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Kev’s totally Vegan Vegetarian chickpea, brocolli and spinach curry

I decided to take up the challenge of ‘Veganuary’ and have adopted a totally vegan diet for the entirety of January; so far, I’m happy to say, it’s been a fucking piece of piss.

With this curry, you can probably add just about any veg that you want; next time, I’m going to add some boiled potatoes and a little more chilli!

As you can see, I cooked it in a wok (it’s not just for Chinese food you know!) and the curry was a little more liquid based than I would have preferred, which I put down to the reduced amount of chickpeas.

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Once it’s drained off (as per the tupperware box picture), it’s fantastic to keep for lunches.

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Very healthy, doesn’t half make you fart though!

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INGREDIENTS

1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3cm ginger, grated
6 ripe tomatoes
200g of tinned chopped tomatoes
1/2 tbsp oil
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
Pinch of chilli flakes
1 tsp of yeast extract (Marmite)
4 tbsp lentils
6 tbsp coconut cream
1 head of broccoli, broken into small florets
400g Chickpeas, drained
200g of Butter beans or similar
100g baby spinach leaves
1 lemon, halved
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp chopped cashew nuts

METHOD

  • Put the onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes in a food processor or blender and whiz to a purée.
  • Heat oil in a large pan. Add the spices, fry for a few secs and add purée and yeast extract.
  • Bubble together for 2 mins, then add lentils and coconut cream.
  • Cook until lentils are tender, then add the broccoli and cook for 4 mins.
  • Stir in chickpeas and spinach, squeeze over lemon and swirl through sesame and cashew mixture.
  • Serve with rice and toasted pitta bread, if you are so inclined!

 

Behtareen – Indian Street Food – East Croydon

Behtareen is a funky new Indian-style cafe in Dingwall Road which is just down from East Croydon train station.

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At the risk of sounding Tolkienesque, you will find Behtareen next door to Zabardast!  The observant souls amongst you will probably notice that the cafe and Indian sandwich shop are both owned by the same people!

Simply put, there are times where I **NEED** curry and have become something of a regular to Zabardast since it opened in 2014 (fueling my Seekh kebab roll addiction on a Friday!).

Therefore, I was overjoyed when Bethareen sprang up because Croydon has been lacking a decent Indian cafe since ‘Spice Cafe’ left Surrey Street many moons ago.

Inside, the cafe’s decor is visibly very bright and clean with park/pub bench style tables; if you look around, you’ll also notice a load of Indian ‘stuff’ in frames up on the walls.

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I’ve only used the very swift take-away option so far (they conveniently have a card machine for payment!), but I took the time to observe the friendly table service whilst I waited for my food and have vowed to sit in there in the near future.

So far, I’ve tried the lamb biriyani, tandoori paneer and paratha; all of which were very tasty and reasonably priced!!!

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Anyway, give it a whirl sometime!   Antikrish recommends!

Here’s the menu! behtareen menu