I would happily stop eating meat if I was just feeding myself, as it is so expensive. I prefer vegetables anyway, especially when I have grown them myself. Sadly, my daughters feel deprived if I don’t give them meat some of the time. Fortunately, there are many veggie recipes that they will all happily eat, and this is one of them.
Chick Pea Curry…
We had this tonight and it is a real family favourite. Healthy, delicious, easy and cheap. You could make it even cheaper by using dried chick peas, but I tend to go for the canned variety. I got this recipe from my thrifty mother, and we all love it.
1 lb Chick Peas (2 cans)
3 tablespoons oil
2 onions (I used leek I had lying around in the fridge as well)
1 teaspoon chilli powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons chopped root ginger (I usually buy a piece and freeze the rest, but I’m sure dried will do)
6 cardamoms, split and seeds removed (I rarely bother)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tin of tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato puree
Half a pint of vegetable stock
Chopped parsley for garnish
Chop the onions and fry until soft but not brown, then add the spices and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree and chick peas, then the stock. Cook for 10-15 minutes on a low heat, seasoning to taste. Serve with rice. My mum likes to mix in some sour cream or yogurt at the end and it is nice, but not essential.