Whilst things are warming up in the UK, there's no doubt I'm still going to be stocking up my freezer with meals for work. This cauliflower and chickpea curry is rich and creamy, and surprisingly easy to make. Make some for dinner, double up and freeze the leftovers.
Feel free to mix things up a little, try spinach, sweet potato and peas if you'd prefer.
I'll be enjoying this on my evening shifts at work, soaking up the sunshine on the roof terrace!
(Serves 4, suitable for freezing)
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, grated
4 tbsp tikka masala curry paste
4 tbsp peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, or even cashew/almond butter)
500g frozen cauliflower florets
2 cans of chickpeas (approx. 800g), drained
400g can of coconut milk
handful or coriander to serve
In a large pan, heat the oil and add the onion. Leave to soften for 5-10 minutes before adding the garlic. Add the curry paste and peanut butter and stir to combine. Add coconut milk, cauliflower, chickpeas and 200ml water. Season and mix well before covering with a lid and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes. Uncover and simmer for 5-10 minutes more until the sauce thickens.
Serve with roti or chapatis and a generous sprinkling of coriander.
This curry will freeze for up to 3 months in airtight storage containers. For ease, divide into appropriate sized portion containers and label, include the date as a reminder. I tend to rotate round my freezer, new meals are placed at the bottom to ensure I use up everything else first.
When using coconut in curries for freezing, the texture can change. The masala and peanut butter should help to stabilise this but if you're unsure, follow the recipe but omit the coconut milk. Stir in 100g per portion (or 400g for the whole batch) once defrosted and reheat as normal.
For this particular curry, I also freeze individual servings of roti. The night before work I take out one portion and it'll be ready for lunch the next day at work.
Check out LG's freezer tips and hacks for some handy pointers on getting more from your freezer.