When the days are cold and dark and you are feeling a bit bah humbug (because of all the people doing Christmas shopping and crowding the streets) there is one solution – watching a gritty, dark film and having hot, comfort food.
Last year I watched ‘Paperboy’. After it’s release the film got mixed reviews and I can understand why. It’s twisted and at times hard to watch. But I can’t forget it and I still remember the atmosphere, colours and the grittiness of it. And not to mention pretty good acting. First of all, it was a long time since I saw Nicole Kidman at her best. But when you throw in Mathew McConaughey and John Cusack, it can’t get any better. The whole experience of watching it makes you feel sticky and dirty and inadequate, you just want to wash your hands afterwards. Or to have an energetic scrub in a shower…
And you need something warming and nourishing to have it with. Now, I’m not an expert on making curry, I know there are curry purists who are going to say ‘that’s not how you make it’, etc. But quoting Frank S. : ‘And may I say, not in a shy way, Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way’.
Chickpeas and Spinach Curry
1 shallot, chopped
1 chilli chopped (seedless)
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 cup red lentils
1 cup cooked chickpeas (you can use canned, just drain them properly to get rid of sodium)
150g coconut milk
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp mild curry
1 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp olive oil
1. Heat oil. Add chopped shallot, fry until translucent. Add garlic, chilli, cumin seeds, tumeric, garam masala, and curry, fry for 2 minutes.
2. Add chopped tomatoes, one cup of water, coconut milk and lentils. Cover and let it simmer till lentils are soft.
3. Add chickpeas and spinach. Wait till spinach gets soft, add pinch of salt and lime juice. Sprinkle with coriander and serve with rice.