Chickpea Curry with Coconut and Tamarind
- Yield 6-8 servings
This festive and aromatic curry can be served as a main dish or a side but it should be offered at room temperature to best appreciate the flavors. It is perfect for parties or large gatherings or great to have on hand for lunches or light meals.
- 1 1/4 tablespoons black mustard seeds
- 1 1/4 tablespoons cumin seeds
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 4 tablespoons dessicated coconut/dried shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons garam flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli/hot pepper flakes
- 1 -- fresh green chilli/chile, deseeded and finely chopped
- 1 cup passata (Italian sieved tomatoes)
- 3 tablespoons tamarind concentrate
- 1 cup dates, pitted and finely chopped
- 2 cups dried chickpeas
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- -- plain yogurt
- -- large bunch of fresh coriander/cilantro, chopped
Combine the mustard and cumin seeds in a small frying pan and toast over low heat until the seeds become aromatic and begin to pop. Set aside to cool.
Put the oil, garlic, coconut, sesame seeds, garam flour, turmeric dried chilli/hot pepper flakes and fresh chilli/chile in the pressure cooker. Set on the stovetop over medium heat and cook for 2–3 minutes until aromatic.
Stir in the passata, tamarind, dates, 2 tablespoons of the toasted mustard and cumin seeds (reserving the rest to serve), chickpeas, half of the fresh coriander/cilantro and 1 litre/4 cups water. Mix to combine.
Lock on the lid and bring to high pressure. Lower the heat slightly but maintain high pressure and cook under high pressure for 50 minutes. Cool down using the quick cool method. When cool, release the lid, taking care of steam when removing.
Taste the chickpeas. If they are not completely tender, repeat the pressure cooking process for a further 10 minutes.
Stir in the salt and sugar. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Serve at room temperature topped with plain yogurt and sprinkled with chopped fresh coriander/cilantro and the reserved toasted cumin and mustard seeds.
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