Dish or chickpea, potato and spinach curry with salad and raita sides

Fragrant Vegetable Curry

Fragrant Vegetable Curry

Curry conjures up all sorts of images depending who you are, where you’re from, what your local takeaway serves and whether or not you are fortunate enough to have friends who have been taught by their parents how to make the best tasting curries using fresh spices!

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Delicately spiced vegetable curry to please even the most picky palate!

I think I’ve always liked the actual taste of curry, but my first memory of curry in the form of curry flavoured pot noodles is a far cry from what I know now is real curry! When I was at university the first time (a very long time ago)! I used to make giant batches of what I thought was curry! I was actually on a weight loss plan and my house mates were amazed that I would make a giant pan and eat it all in one sitting and still lose weight! ?Okay, so it was basically a whole pan of (student budget) boiled vegetables – probably a whole head of broccoli, a cauliflower, carrots, onions and not much else (don’t we have so much more vegetable choice nowadays)! How did I make it into curry? Well, I just added a pre-mixed curry powder and mixed it in! I recall it being delicious but I’m certain my tastes have developed somewhat considerably since then!?

I have several really good friends who are Bengali and when I first saw their spice cupboards and the amount of different spices which went into a simple vegetable dish I was more than amazed! I’m not suggesting you go out and buy a load of spices (yes I am really!) but the more variety you have, the greater your food will taste! The most important basic spices to have for a great curry are cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric and red chili and if that’s all you have the budget or space for, that’s what I would suggest to start with. For this recipe I actually used a seed mix called panch puran which combines fenugreek, nigella and cumin seeds with mustard and fennel seeds – its widely available in Asian stores and when the seeds crackle and pop the smell is intoxicating!

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Chickpeas, potato, sweet potato and spinach curry

This particular curry was made for my Mum – who has only in recent years realised how delicious curry can be. I recall the first time Mum said  “I went out for a curry” I almost fell of my chair in amazement! ?I didn’t make this curry too spicy but feel free to add more of each spice if you like the heat!

I’m taking this over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday, cohosted this week by Petra @ Love Food Eat and Zeba @ Food For The Soul. Pop on over and join the fun! 🙂

Fragrant Vegetable Curry (Vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Oil of choice
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon panch puran (or sub 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds)
  • 2 potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt (I used Maldon sea salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • small pinch of chili flakes
  • 50g block of creamed coconut
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas drained
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion until translucent.
  2. Tip the panch puran (or cumin seeds) into a space and cook for a couple of minutes until they start to pop.
  3. Add the potatoes, stir, then cover and leave to cook for 10-15 minutes. Check during this time and stir if necessary.
  4. Throw the sweet potatoes in, mix then cover again for a further 5-10 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle over the salt, cumin powder, coriander, turmeric and chili.
  6. Dissolve the creamed coconut in the water and pour into the pan.
  7. Stir the chickpeas in, cover and leave for 5 minutes. Taste test and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  8. Finally add the spinach to the pan and gently stir through until wilted.
  9. Enjoy!

Tips & Storage

  • Serve with your favourite accompaniment! Rice, bread, salad, poppadum’s.
  • Turn the heat up if you like and double the quantity of all the spices.
  • Whip up a quick raita using plain yogurt, salt, finely shredded cucumber and chopped mint. Serve alongside the curry.
  • Make this instead of getting a takeaway and add some sides such as vegetable bhajis or lentil pakoras.
  • Store any leftovers refrigerated for up to three days.

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Delicious curry served with fresh salad and a minted cucumber yogurt dressing.

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  • Eva 21st March 2018 at 19:48

    Hi Laurena, the only curry I had growing up was a turkey, veg and raisin one made with Schwartz curry powder on Boxing Day lol (I don’t eat turkey now, of course). I didn’t even go to an Indian restaurant until I was in my early 20s?I love earthy spices like cumin and ground coriander (hubbie not so keen, though). Thanks for this post after what must’ve been a very emotional week for you and your family?

    • Life Diet Health 21st March 2018 at 23:08

      Awww thanks Eva? You wouldn’t believe my week if I told you!!!?
      Yuck… Sorry! Raisins in curry I just don’t get! ? Leftover Christmas turkey & veg in a curry is still quite traditional … and cold coronation turkey in sandwiches! Aside from the pot noodles, I recall an Indian guest once asking our local takeaway to use their kitchen to make his own food, and bringing some back for us. It was so good we started going to the restaurant regularly! ☺?
      My hubby doesn’t do cumin (seeds) or coriander but when they’re all used together he’s none the wiser!??

  • mistimaan 22nd March 2018 at 06:37

    Looks too tasty

    • Life Diet Health 22nd March 2018 at 08:44

      I think you will need to add more spice!?Otherwise it will be too mild for you! ?

  • Zeba@Food For The Soul 28th March 2018 at 01:15

    Looks lovely, simple and delicious!

  • petra08 29th March 2018 at 14:41

    I love a good vegetarian curry and the flavours sounds amazing together! What a perfect dish for sharing 🙂

    • Life Diet Health 29th March 2018 at 15:12

      Thanks Petra ☺ It is certainly a very delicious one!??


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