When it comes to curries I don’t consider myself an expert – in fact it is an area where I would like to enhance my skills. However it is hard to beat a Saturday night curry. Alternatives to cooking one yourself are either disappointing (supermarket ready meals ) or delicious but expensive (takeaways from restaurants)
The supermarket takeaway ones often have quite poor quality ingredients – both the meat and the vegatables so although you get the curry taste, it somehow misses the mark in overall satisfaction! The best way is to cook one at home, and if you want a really low cost curry than beans, pulses and vegetetables are the best way forward.
When a curry is this easy to make, and this low cost, you can have it just whenever you get that I want a curry feeling
Favourite Vegetable Curries
I already have several veggie currys on my website, that are firm family favourites. The chickpea and potato curry has been a quick and easy recipe often requested by the family for years – fabulous for Friday or Saturday night. The Vegetable and Paneer Curry was a tasty attempt to reproduce a favourite Indian restaurant dish and Egg and Lentil Curry is simply delicious.
A Curry Food Blogger
When looking for some ispiration for good curries – I would recommend The Curry Guy – a food blogger who is just all about currys. The recipes are non fussy – so anyone can have a go and produce a really tasty curry….
I liked the idea of his kidney bean curry – but I used kidney beans and chickpeas – and added some red pepper because I love red pepper in curries. The cuury guy suggest using pinto beans instead of kidney beans too.
I used a bought paste for this recipe but hope to revisit it soon using the spices as advised by the curry guy! But I now his philosophy is similar to mine – make changes, experiment, use what you have. Just be inspired by a recipe as a basis for what you will cook then do your own thing!
I did use the suggestion in the recipe to puree the chopped tomatoes (if you don’t have passata) and took advantage of the opportunity to use my new Optimum blender – of which more later when I have had more time to experiment! It was a smooth paste in seconds!
This is an ideal cook ahead meal to prepare in advance as it is so easy to reheat. Keep in the fridge for up to days or freeze for some time in the future.
Easy Beany Curry
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion peeled and chooped
- 1 red pepper desseded and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
- 1 x 400g chopped tomatoes
- 1 x 400g kiidney beans, drained
- 1 x 400g chickpeas, drained
- 1/2 jar curry paste
- rice to serve
- Heat the oiive oil in a large heavy bottomed frying pan
- Add the onion and fry until starting to soften
- Add the chopped pepper and fry for a few more minutes
- Add the garlic
- Blend the chopped tomatoes in a blender
- Add to the onion, pepper and garlic
- Add the kidney beans and chickpeas
- Stir in the curry paste
- Cook for at least 10 minutes
- Keep simmering gently until the rice is ready
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