One of the meals I have been loving lately is a Slimming World friendly curry that can be adapted so much that everyone is bound to love it. You can add to it, change the heat and even make it vegetarian - it’s completely up to you and better yet, it’s so easy and cheap to make that once you’ve made it a first time, you’ll be doing it again and again.
(Serves 2/3 people) What you’ll need:
Chicken (optional) for this portion, we used leftover roast chicken but 2 or 3 breasts will do
1 Medium Onion (red or white) chopped
4 cloves Garlic chopped
1 carton (400ml) Passata
1 can Chickpeas drained
1 Chicken stock cube
4 tsp Ground Coriander
2 tsp Tumeric
2 tsp Yellow Mustard Powder
2 tsp Chilli Powder
1 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Cumin
1tsp Garam Massala
1 tsp Curry powder (optional)*
Salt & Pepper to season
- Add the onions and garlic to a large pan and fry for 3 minutes (or until start to brown), add your chicken and cook until slightly golden. You can also add courgette, potatoes or quorn if you want to make it vegetarian.
- Add in the Passata and drained chickpeas with the spices and stir well. Cook for a further 5 minutes. *Curry powder used to infuse with more spices/heat but is optional.
- Add the stock cube to the empty tin of Chickpeas and fill with boiling water (300ml approx.) Dissolve stock cube and add to the saucepan. (Be careful when picking the tin up as it will be hot!)
- Stir well and then transfer to either a slow cooker or a casserole dish and cook for 2 hours (200 if using oven and cover with foil. Stir every 45 minutes and add a little more water if needed).
It’s such an adaptable recipe that you can really make it how you want it. If you like your curry hot then add more Chilli powder and Cayenne pepper or use a Hot Curry powder and add to the mixture. If you don’t like Chicken, use lamb or beef but ensure that it’s cooked beforehand (leftover Sunday dinner meat is perfect!). You can add veg to it, spinach, carrots, peas - whatever you like. This is the basic recipe to allow you to create your own and its all SYN FREE!
You can always double the ingredients up too and make extra portions to freeze or use for lunches for work as it heats up really well and is a syn free lunch that will keep you full for so long! Add in some speed food and you’ve got yourself a fab SP meal for a few days!
Let me know if you make it and how it went for you, better still, link me to your pics if you review it!