No, those aren't potato pieces you see here in this spiced up dish but instead sweet chunks of fresh tender mango nestling up with buttery chickpeas and earthy green spinach. I never can resist chickpeas. Judging by the number of times in a given month they show up on my table in some shape or form, I suppose if I were pressed to name my favorite legume, then chickpeas it would be. Even those who insist they don't like beans can often be persuaded to try chickpeas. They do lend themselves so well to a variety of preparations and inspiration can be found across the globe.
My latest preparation with these beloved legumes is now a new favorite and — as is typical with me — an Indian curry. It's a gentle dish that nonetheless demands attention. The bouquet of flavors of sweet citrus, zesty tomato, vibrant spicing and bold spinach all come together like one big loving family, despite the unique elements of each of the ingredients. The addition of coconut milk and wilted spinach depart a delightful creaminess to the curry and balance out and blend all of the components and slightly soften the spices. My dinner companions proclaimed it a huge success and seconds were in order, though more for the experience because everyone's tummy was full. Try it and see if you don't elicit a similar response. And don't let the long list of ingredients deter you — most of the items are simply spices to be measured out, and it's actually quite a simple dish to prep and put together.
I served this dish with green peas simmered in a coconut tomato gravy. Alongside a bed of hot basmati rice, this was just the sort of Indian meal I was craving.
|Chickpeas, Mango and Spinach in a Tomato Coconut Gravy|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on April 14, 2014
Chickpeas and pieces of tender sweet mango simmered in a warm and fragrant spiced tomato and coconut sauce with wilted spinach
This is my contribution to this month's My Legume Love Affair #70. Many readers will know that lovely Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook started this every popular and long running event back in 2008. I am now the administrator, and this month, Avika is hosting. See the announcement to enter your recipe to share with fellow legume lovers and also for a chance to win prizes. See the ongoing MLLA page for previous editions and upcoming hosts.
If you enjoy spinach, you might also like:
Spinach Rice (Palak Pulao)
Chickpea Flour Crêpes with Spinach
Mixed Dal Palak (Lentils with Spinach and Tomato)
Spiced Creamed Spinach
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Audio Accompaniment: U. Srinivas and Michael Brook