Martin Boetz of Cooks Co-op collaborates with guest chefs to offer visitors to the shed-restaurant an ever-evolving menu. As part of HBTV's new web series, queen of spice Christine Manfield joins Marty in the kitchen and shares with you her recipe for soul-warming vegetable curry.
"This is a basic vegetable curry I've adapted from spending time in India. You could make it with pumpkin, chicken, fish... It can go in all sorts of directions." – Christine Manfield
200g raw chickpeas, soaked overnight
300g potatoes, peeled, diced
400g whole ripe tomatoes
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tbsp grated fresh turmeric
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
½ tsp Kashmiri chilli powder (see tip)
1 tsp ground turmeric
500ml vegetable stock (or water)
3 tsp sea-salt flakes
100g baby spinach leaves
2 tsp lemon juice
Greek yoghurt, to serve
Cook chickpeas in a large saucepan of boiling water until tender. Drain.
Cook potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling water until just tender. Drain, cool slightly in cold water.
Cut a shallow cross in the base of tomatoes. Place in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to sit for about 1 minute or until skin begins to lift. Drain and refresh in cold water. Peel and discard skin. Chop tomatoes.
Heat oil in a large, deep frying pan over a medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger and fresh turmeric and cook, stirring to soften, not colour.
Add spices and stir to combine, then add chopped tomatoes and stock and bring to simmering point.
Stir in chickpeas, potatoes and salt and simmer for 15 minutes. Add spinach leaves, fold through until wilted then remove pan from the heat.
Stir in lemon juice. Drizzle with yoghurt to serve.
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"Tip: Kashmiri chilli powder is available from Indian grocery stores; substitute with hot paprika and a pinch of cayenne."