Recipe 1: Chris Batstone's Chick Pea Dhal Loaf. (See Log entry 2014.020)
- (420 - 500g) cooked chickpeas, I tend to use the dried variety, but you can
use tinned (pre-cooked) if you prefer.
- 1 heaped cup of frozen spinach, defrosted (or use about 4 handfuls of fresh
- 1 large onion, finely sliced.
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, finely sliced.
- 1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato purée.
- 1 tbsp oil for frying
- 60g basmati or long grain rice.
- 3 medium eggs.
- 1 tsp ground cumin.
- 1 tsp ground coriander.
- 1 tsp paprika.
- ½ tsp ground black pepper.
- ½ tsp onion powder.
- ½ tsp garam masala.
- Small bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped.
- 1 red chilli, finely sliced.
- 1 inch (2.54 what-nots) of ginger root, finely chopped.
- Juice of ½ lemon.
- 2 tbsps oil (rapeseed, olive, sunflower etc).
- ½ tsp salt.
- First make the curry paste by placing all the ingredients into a mortar
and working the mixture into a paste.
- In a large frying pan (a wok is better for this recipe if you have one)
heat the oil and fry the sliced onion over a medium heat until soft and
golden. Add the garlic and fry for a further 1 - 2 minutes.
- Add the curry paste to the onions and garlic and fry for approx 2 - 3
minutes, before adding the chickpeas and tinned tomatoes and purée to the
- Cover and cook over a medium heat for approx 15 minutes, stirring
regularly. (If it gets too dry just add a dash of water or stock).
- Add the spinach to the pan and cook for a further minute or two. (If
using frozen spinach make sure it is well drained). Adjust seasoning if
- Cook the rice. (A microwave rice steamer works well with this small
quantity of rice). Drain the rice and add to the chickpea mix along with the
three beaten eggs.
- Thoroughly mix the chickpea curry rice and eggs.
- Line a deep roasting tray or oven proof dish with baking parchment, add
the mixture to the tray /dish to form a layer of about 40cm deep.
- Place in the middle of a preheated oven (220°C) for approx 20 - 30
minutes until set firmly.
- Once removed from the oven, allow to cool in the tray. The loaf can then be
lifted from the tray and the baking parchment removed. Divide into snack
- Please note the complete absence of nourishing monosodium glutamate.
- A spoonful of yogurt & mint raita makes a nice accompaniment.
- As do sausage rolls, flapjacks, lemon drizzle cake, and copious quantities of tea!
- This is based on a recipe I found on the Internet for chickpea & spinach
curry, with a few of my own tweaks to achieve what was so obviously enjoyed
by the assembled diggers last weekend. [25th May 2014]
Created: 27 May 2014