Indian Vegetarian Night

Ok, I lie, we did have beef on the side, but I’ll only post the vegetarian dishes for all you vegetarian/ Indian food fans. We do try to have more veggie meals, but I havn’t been brave to serve up a purely vegetarian meal to the kids as it might not be ‘substantial’ enough.

J gave me Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion’ and I found a chickpea and Tomato Curry recipe that was just begging for me to try it. The flavours are just amazing with the combination of spices and can be served up ‘as is’ with rice. As usual, this recipe is adapted to a fuss free version with an addition of cashews for texture. Also made a flavoured rice and lentils to make out Indian vegetarian night complete.

Chickpea and Tomato Curry

2 * 400gm chickpea in tins (throw water away)

2 onions roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic roughly chopped

1* 2cm ginger roughly chopped

1 can diced tomatoes

1/2 fresh tomato diced

1 tbsp oil (grapeseed, olive, ect)

1 tbsp honey

1tsp salt

1 handful of raw chopped cashews

big bunch of flat leaf parsley finely chopped

Spice mix for chickpea and tomato curry

1tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp black peppercorns

8 cloves

8 cardamon seeds (husks from pods removed)

-grind / pound the spices above

1 tsp ground tumeric

1 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp chilli flakes


Heat oil in pan, fry ginger and onion till fragrant then add garlic

Add the spice mix and fry till fragrant

Add tin of tomatoes ( you can use a hand blended at this stage or choose to have a ‘chunky’ sauce)

Bring to boil then add drained chickpeas and cashews

Simmer till you are happy with the texture (10mins)

Add chopped parley and season with salt

Enjoy! This dish had me eating it out of the pot and cold (before dinner)

Flavoured rice and lentils

450gm basmati rice

150 green lentils

-washed and drained

2tbsp oil

1 onion sliced

3 bay leaves

1tsp cumin seeds

2 pieces cassia bark

1 tsp cardamon seeds

6 cloves

1/4 black peppercorns

1.25Litres water


Heat oil and fry onion and all the spices till fragrant

Add rice and lentils, stir

Add water, bring to boil then simmer over low heat for 15mins

Ensure that all liquid has been absorbed, if not simmer uncovered.

So what did you cook the last time you tried to go very vegetarian?

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  • Michelle Chin

    I love chickpeas! I like the steamed ones with lots of turmeric. I don’t know if you guys have that in Singapore but it’s sold on the street side, usually by an Indian. :)

    Your recipe is surely for keeps!

  • Lollcakes

    Looks delicious!

  • Hannah Terry-Whyte

    These dishes look *so* wonderful, absolutely up my alley. I’ve never tried flavouring rice before and am absolutely going to make this recipe, as I usually find rice a bit dull (sacrilege! :P )

  • ZMM

    The flavoured rice and lentils look good.
    Btw, read some of your older posts.. Love the macarons you’d made.
    I’m going to try making them again. I’d failed once, going to try one more time with a different recipe.

  • AmandaP

    Loving this recipe, I’ll have to try this soon. And the fact that it’s an Indian vegetarian recipe just makes it all the more awesome :-)

  • Faith

    We are huge Indian food fans in my house! We can’t get enough of it, actually. :) Both your dishes look delicious!

  • Anonymous

    Oooh I love the taste of cardamom! All these flavours sound lovely in fact. I never go completely vegetarian as I live in a family of carnivores! We eat lots of veggies, but need a slab of meat as well.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I love Indian vegetarian food! They really seem to have the whole vegetarian thing sorted and well balanced with so many nice flavours! Great job! :D

  • My Restaurants Melbourne

    I’ve been reading alot of vegetarian recipes lately, they all look fabulous

  • Cakelaw

    The tomato and chickpea curry sounds superb – I have Stephanie’s book and have never really looked into it, but I should investigate further.

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks Michelle! I love those steamed ones too! I used to have it all the time from the kah kang puteh man (The NUT MAN) at the movies…heehee

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks Lollcakes

  • honeyandsoy

    Lol Hannah, I do have an ulterior motive for flavouring my rice. I changed types of rice and am not used to the ‘taste’. Hence the flavouring ;)

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks ZMM!
    ooo, you so should, hope that all the tips help and look out for macaron guide. (I’m told by honey that it’s coming up soon)

  • honeyandsoy

    Glad you love it Amanda 8)

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks Faith, I did really enjoy making this, sooo yummy!

  • honeyandsoy

    I must admit that I ……….hate cardamom…BUT, taking the seeds out from the pod really helped. And I totally know what you’re talking about a family of carnivores…it was soo hard, hence the meat on the side.

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks Lorraine! It does help when vegetarian food are well balanced, makes it so much easier for a meat eater. 8)

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks 8)

  • honeyandsoy

    ooo, you should, it’s like a vegetarian’s xmas dream come through. I’m a convert 8)

  • Anonymous

    Really want to try the chickpea and tomato curry soon for dinner. Am so addictive to indian spices. Thanks for the recipe!