Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Sri Lankan Inspired Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 6
Prep: 40 mins (*Dependent upon skill and/or kitchen helpers!)
Cooking: 7-8hrs (*Over a low heat setting)
Tools: Small bowl, colander, chopping board, sharp knife, sieve, frying pan, measuring jug, slow cooker, non-stick pot.

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & K, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and per serving is low in added sugar and salt and has a moderate quantity of fats! 

The cold weather is setting in and decadent Christmas flavours are now packed away for another eleven months… this could only mean four simple things- the need for hearty, wholesome and quick foods that will ‘warm your cockles’ and taste buds!

Well, we have just the cure for that- here’s another tasty, ‘slow cooker curry’; those are actually starting to become our three favourite words! Perhaps that’s because slow cookers are magic devices; not only do they slowly cook our food in abundance, but they also help improve how we feel about even the most basic of meals!

What’s the best meal that you have prepared in yours?! 🙂

For those of you that may have tried some of our previous slow cooker curries or S.C meals, you’ll know just how tasty they are (well, you haven’t told us otherwise!). 😛 Curry prepared in a slow cooker (although not traditional, not even a little!) is by far one of the best methods to develop a huge depth of healthy and aromatic flavours- well, that’s our opinion anyways! 

This time our spicy/slow cooker urge unravelled with a packet of Sri Lankan spices that we still hadn’t gotten around to trying; ergo the birth of our curry! This one is pretty hearty, spicy (well, this is subjective) and of course packed full of tasty and healthful ingredients; its plant-based eating that is designed to help make this more than a ‘one day occasion’! 

The curry: sweet and creamy potatoes (that melt in your mouth), combined with hearty and robust chickpeas and an abundance of delicious flavours. All served over a bed of fluffy rice! We’ve filled you in on our spice mix below and hopefully you can all find something similar or just create your own (as spicy as you dare)! If you are not keen on sweet potato, try adapting it with cauliflower, butternut squash or aubergine; just remember to adapt the other flavours as you see fit. We have used some reduced fat coconut milk, but still be mindful as there is still a moderate quantity of fat per serving; ‘reduced fat’ foods are not free passes to eat more! 

Happy cooking everyone! 😀

 

Ingredients

NB: Use about 2 tins of chickpeas or 260g of a dried/cooked variety. Our Sri Lankan Spice Blend: Coriander Seeds, Whole, Fenugreek Seeds, Whole, Cumin Seeds White, Whole, Fennel Seeds, Whole, Cayenne Chillies, Ground, Cinnamon Bark, Whole, Cardamom Green, Whole Pods, Curry Leaves, Whole Clove Buds ‘Hand-Select’.

Need an easy-print recipe? Print here. 🙂

 

Directions

  • Peel and dice the garlic and shallots. Wash the chilli, remove the stem, deseed (if you prefer meals with less heat!) and then finely chop it. Wash, peel and then dice the ginger. Wash, remove the stem and core and then chop the bell pepper into ½ cm pieces.
  • Wash the lemongrass, trim off the ends, peel away tough/ dried-out outer layer (and discard), bash the woody exterior with a rolling pin to soften and then finely chop it. Tip: Bashing or firmly pressing the lemongrass will help release some of its aromatic oils. Wash the lime, grate the zest (do not juice it just yet like we have shown here, you’ll do this later on!).
  • Wash the sweet potatoes, peel and then chop into approx. 1″ pieces (we kept ours chunky!)

 

  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat.
  • Spray it with some low-fat cooking oil. Add the garlic, shallot, chilli, ginger, bell pepper and lemongrass. Stir together. Gently fry for 2-3 mins or until softened.
  • Add the sweet potato. Spray a little more cooking oil. Stir together. Gently fry for 3 mins.
  • Add the lime zest, 1g fenugreek leaves and 6-8g Sri Lankan spice blend. Add a few grinds of black pepper. Stir together. Gently fry for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Remove from the heat.

 

In the meantime, prepare your stock according to the packet instructions.

 

  • Transfer the vegetable mixture into a slow cooker.
  • Add the chickpeas and coconut milk. Stir together.
  • Pour in the boiling hot stock. Stir together. Cover with a lid. Set to cook for 7-8 hrs over a low heat setting or over a high setting for 2-3.
  • Slightly defrost the spinach, chop it into smaller ‘chunks’. Add it to the slow cooker 30 mins before the end of cooking. Tip: If you’re using fresh leaves, roughly chop and then stir them through the curry once it has finished cooking. Let it stand (covered) for about 5 mins to allow the leaves to slightly wilt. 

 

Prepare the rice according to the packet instructions (if applicable).

Juice the lime. Stir the juice through the curry just before serving.

Spoon the rice into large serving bowls (If applicable). Ladle over the curry. Garnish with a wedge of lime, a small dollop of sweet & sour lime pickle or some fresh coriander leaves.

 

Enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftover curry in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-4 days. Alternatively, store and freeze in an air-tight and resealable container(s); defrost, reheat and consume within 2 months.

Recipe updated: 19/02/16
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13 thoughts on “Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Sri Lankan Inspired Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

    1. Thanks so much Rashmi. That’s the great thing about slow cooking, it allows you to eat healthy for more days than none! We’d love to hear if you try or adapt this recipe yourself. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  1. Hubby uses the pressure cooker – I’ve no idea what to do with it! 😛 I’ll see what he can come up with! Chickpeas are one of the vegan foods he does eat so I might be in luck! Last nights dinner was ‘Steamed, seared and slathered’ cabbage (a guest post on foodbod) along with my own roasted chickpeas (must photo and post next time!) with some rocket! Ooo.. and I made a cake with the aquafaba! 🙂

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    1. Aw thanks Reeanna! It’s really just about practising and trying as many flavours/cuisines as you like; when you believe that you can try and create anything in your kitchen, you can end up with a lot of great amalgamation of flavours/cuisines! That’s really kind of you to say (which ones did you try?). 😀 That’s ace; you’re in for a great meal if you do decide to try it out! 🙂

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      1. Of course, and I completely agree! So far I have tried the carrot, sesame and lime soup ( which I have to say is my all time favorite soup now!) , the Tofu and Veggie skewers and also the Fennel, Garlic & Lemon Pasta. All were so yummy. I haven’t ever been much of a cook–I’ve honestly just lacked the inspiration. But these have been simple, healthy and delicious, which in my experience has been hard to come by. You have definitely become my go to culinary inspiration blog, so thank you for that! 🙂

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      2. Wow, you have been busy cooking up a storm! Did you manage to convert hubby with some tofu? 😀 Those are probably some of our top favourite dishes too! That’s really lovely of you to say Reeanna. We think that sometimes a little inspiration drives a lot of creativity (or at least motivation and confidence). Yes, occasionally food sites are more about style than substance. Good food stems from the basics, adaptability (and of course being healthful!), not about cookware and expensive ingredients etc. That’s ace, we’re happy to help and if you ever have any suggestions or requests feel please free to drop us a line! 🙂

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      3. I did convert him actually! haha He didn’t hate it. He actually enjoyed it–I was shocked 🙂 And I agree with you, there are a lot of food blogs that are more pretty, less substance. Your blog has both, thats why we love it so much! I will definitely send you an email if I ever think of any requests! Good to know I have a go-to resource for this 🙂 xx

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      4. That’s great! 😀 Thanks Reeanna, that’s really kind of you to say. We’re not professional chefs or photographers, but we try our best and are trying to spread a positive and well informed msg (well, to those that want to listen that is!). Requests or suggestions- we’re always looking for ways in which to improve! Always. 🙂 x

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    1. Thanks Laurena, it was! 🙂 What was for dinner tonight? We might start making this curry more frequently, but with less coconut milk. Most definitely, but just adjust to your manufacturer’s instructions. As a pressure cooker would probably cook it in 20-30 mins? We can’t say for sure if it would taste the same (or better!). We haven’t used a pressure cooker in a verrry long time, so you’ll have to let us know how you get on if you do decide to try it! 🙂

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