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Coconut chickpeas with cucumber raita

Serves: 4
Prep: 15
Cook: 20

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    • 1 tbs olive oil
    • 1 brown onion, diced
    • 1 carrot, diced
    • 1 red capsicum, diced
    • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely chopped
    • 1 bunch of coriander, stems finely chopped and leaves picked
    • 1 tbs ground cumin
    • 1 tbs ground coriander
    • 2 tsp garam masala
    • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes (or tomato passata)
    • ½ cup reduced-fat coconut milk plus ½ cup extra
    • 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 2 tbs low fat natural yoghurt
    • 1 lebanese cucumber, grated & moisture squeezed
    • 2 cups cooked basmati rice


    1. Heat oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Cook onion, carrot and capsicum for 4-5 minutes or until starting to soften. Add garlic, ginger and coriander stems and cook for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in cumin, coriander and garam masala.
    2. Add tinned tomatoes and ½ cup coconut milk and cook for 5-6 minutes or until slightly thickened and reduced. Stir through chickpeas and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until warmed through.
    3. Meanwhile, combine remaining ½ cup coconut milk, yoghurt, cucumber and coriander leaves (reserve a few for garnish) in a small bowl.
    4. Divide rice and butter chickpeas between serving bowls. Garnish with reserved coriander leaves and serve with coconut raita.


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