September 3, 2015

Moroccan Chickpeas Curry with Quinoa and Coriander Curd | Easy Weekday Lunch ideas

Inspiration to cook comes from so many places - books / shared recipes / blogs / bookmarked recipes - and this was from here. Emily's recipe had me hooked from the start. Moroccan cuisine is quite close to Indian with some common spices. 

The last time we made this chickpea Broth called Moroccan Harira we all loved it. And so It was natural to try out something from the same cuisine as a combo meal - light, filling and refreshing Quinoa with chickpeas curry and coriander curd -  Moroccan style !! 


I am starting to like Quinoa a lot after the Mexican Sizzler Patties, Columbian Quinoa - Mango Salad & Bolivian Quinoa Stew. I have another dish with this versatile grain coming up this month... So, if you are a fan of Quinoa or are starting to explore out options, do try this recipe...



Coming back to today's dish : I almost skipped making this coriander curd, but thankfully it did not - the smooth velvety curd cut through the protein laden plate of curry with quinoa and it looked and tasted like it might have been cooked and presented on masterchef !

My kiddo looked at the pics after her school and although I had made just one portion she said I need to apply for the next Masterchef season :-)) wonder what Matt and Gary would say to that :-))

Till then enjoy this combo ! I made some personal changes to the original recipe and added some additional veggies for some fibre.. Do give it a twist when you make this and tell me how you liked it.. 

Prep time : 15 mins | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 2 

Ingredients:

Quinoa :  1/4 cup + 1/2 to 3/4 cup water


Curry:
  • Oil - 1 tablespoon
  • Cooked Chickpeas (Kabuli Channa) - 1/4 cup
  • Chopped Veggies : Cauliflower, Carrots, Summer Squash, Flat beans - 1/2 cup
  • Tomatoes - 2 nos
  • Onion - 1 no (I skipped this)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Spice powders : Cumin powder, coriander powder, paprika - to taste
  • Crushed Ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed black pepper - 1/2 tsp

For the Coriander Curd : Hung Curd (4 TBSP), chopped Coriander and mint, 1 tsp of lime juice , Pinch of salt and white pepper.
Garnish / Accompaniments : Lemon wedges, chopped figs / sultanas (I skipped both)
Method:
  1. Soak Quinoa in warm water for 15-20 mins, Cook and drain. Fluff with a fork and reserve.
  2. Blanch tomatoes and puree them . Also blanch the veggies with a pinch of salt. Drain and retain the water. 
  3. In a pan, heat oil, saute ginger and onion (if using). Now add the pureed tomatoes, cooked chickpeas, blanched veggies, retained water from boiled veggies and let it simmer. Mash the chickpeas slightly to give it a little volume. 
  4. Add the spice powders, salt and adjust the consistency and taste. (The original recipe had this curry dried up completely, but mine was slightly runny / gravy). Finish with crushed black pepper and adjust spice and top with celery or coriander. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  5. To make the coriander curd : Mix all the ingredients for the same, chill before serving. 
  6. Assembling : Plate up a portion of the Quinoa with the curry on the side and Coriander curd, lemon wedges and top with chopped nuts if using. 



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18 comments:

  1. That curry looks so flavorful.It must have tasted great with quinoa.

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  2. super flavorful!!! should have tasted sooo good..

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  3. Some reason we have not acquired the taste for whole quinoa, though loved baking with quinoa flour. Moroccan meal looks delicious.

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  4. I love this meal , it looks fabulous and so healthy ! For last BM i had made a Moroccon meal and we all loved it, it sure has amazing flavors .

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  5. Looks very good and healthy..yet to cook a meal with quinoa..though I have tried it just plain..

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  6. Curry sounds very flavor full and that plate looks so color full and tempting

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  7. quinoa looks nice, just that it comes at a big prize here...your plate looks amazing and yes, why not try masterchef, go girl

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  8. Love the platter, Kalyani. I have tried a variation of this but this sounds just as tempting.

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  9. Quinoa looks so fluffy. Healthy recipe. A platter full of protein

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  10. Such a comforting meal, love that u used quinoa instead of couscous to serve along with the chickpeas curry, can smell the aroma from here.

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  11. This platter looks very nice Kalyani and yes, it does resemble our cuisine on certain aspects. I haven't tasted quinoa but I am sure that is one flavorful curry and I would love to have that coriander curd right now :)

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  12. Interesting combo..Never tried any recipe with quinoa so far, this is the good recipe to start with..

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  13. I am yet to try quinoa and hopefully soon get this in Madurai. Your meal of the curry, raitha and quinoa looks so yum..

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  14. Such a delicious meal kal. Please do go to master chef.... I am bookmarking this one

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  15. That is one healthy and delicious looking plate of food. Very inviting indeed. It sure looks like it's right up Master Chef alley. Go for it :-)

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  16. Love the healthy and delicious platter. I sub quinoa for rice all the time and can see myself enjoying this meal.

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  17. Tried same recipe for combo theme.. love the whole flavor.. amazing blogpost

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Cheers
Kalyani

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