Chickpea, Mushroom & Spinach Curry (V)

Recently a few of my friends asked me how to make this super quick, super easy vegan curry that I make all the time. I make it all the time because it’s cheap, healthy, yummy, and yields 4 portions at a time. I thought i’d share it on here, because it’s great if you’re low on funds but still want to eat healthily (i.e for students, or people in temp work like me).

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You will need;

8 spring onions

1 can chickpeas

1 can chopped tomatoes

3 courgettes

1/2 can coconut milk

250g chestnut mushrooms

tsp garam masala

tsp cumin

tsp turmeric

tsp powdered ginger

2 cloves garlic

400g spinach

Step 1. There really aren’t many steps to this. First, I prep the veggies. I chop the courgettes, spring onions,  and mushrooms up fine, and put them in a frying pan with a little oil. I then chop the garlic up very finely and add it to the veggie mix. Fry till soft and slightly golden

Step 2. When the veggies are soft, I add all of the spices. Stir for another couple of minutes.

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Step 3. I then add the chopped tomatoes and the chickpeas. After stirring for a little bit, I add the coconut milk. I usually use half fat coconut milk, but feel free to use normal coconut milk!

Step 4. I let this mixture simmer for about 5-7 minutes, stirring regularly.

Step 5. I then add the spinach in a handful at a time. I let it wilt and stir it into the mixture slowly. Keep going until the spinach is all wilted and well mixed into the curry. Cook for another couple of minutes, then take off the heat and let cool.

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And voilà! The curry is done! I like to sprinkle it with yeast flakes, brings out a nice flavour (and it’s a great cheese substitute).

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Vegan & Veggie Food in Leeds

Not too long ago, I wrote a piece for Time Out Leeds about where to find the best veggie/vegan food in Leeds, both from restaurants and specialised food shops.

I wanted to share with you some of the other images and thoughts I have had about Leeds-based food recently.

First and foremost, there is Millies. A great little food shop not far from my flat, where I go to purchase anything from skin care products to silken tofu. Recently I have been going in there weekly to buy their scrumptious home-made chocolate peanut butter cake (totally vegan!).

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They have a lot of lovely home-made goodies, as you can see! And as i’ve been on a cake binge recently, this is fantastic for me.

Also, I have recently been to the gorgeous Global Tribal Cafe, and had their yummy sweet potato, carrot, and paprika soup. I love the interior decoration of Global Tribal, it feels so natural and bohemian and relaxing. Also the people who work there are lovely.

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They also do bloody amazing cake, I especially love the earl grey cake they have every now and then. Okay, so this is turning into a ramble about cake…

And on the subject of cake, I must tell you about the vegan tiffin I got last week from Leeds vegan bakery That Old Chestnut! These guys are incredible and the range of cakes, flapjacks, tiffins, and brownies that they make is enough to make any vegan drool. The cakes are moist, spongey, rich, and everything that cake should be. They have an online store and you can literally get these heavily goodies delivered directly to your door (like I did, because I’m lazy). I got a box of 9 tiffin slices, which included peanut butter-chocolate, coffee chocolate, and raw ginger flavours.

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Aaaaand recently I have also been to the adorable little cafe Root & Fruits (also, located conveniently a 5 min walk from my living space). They have a gorgeous selection of mains and starters, but again, I must ramble about cake. They do a raw gluten-free chocolate cheesecake, with a coconut macaroon base, drizzled with  pomegranate coulis, and it is divine.

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That guys in the last picture is Richard, the owner of the cafe. He is a thoroughly lovely guy.

And yes, for now, that’s all the rambling I have to do about vegan food….mostly cake…in Leeds! Please do check out my Time Out article for a more comprehensive list of places to check out, I just wanted to give you a little bit more of a personal spin on things.

Happy eating, everyone! ☆ ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥

The Reliance

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My partner has been ill for the entirety of Valentines Weekend,  but we dragged ourselves out from under layers of blankets to go for romantic Sunday lunch at Leeds restaurant and bar The Reliance. The Reliance is a fantastic little dining room on North Street; a refreshing mix of vintage, european feeling interior, and hearty British pub food with a contemporary twist.

They use only locally produced ingredients and stock a wide range of Yorkshire brewed bitters and ciders. They have a lovely range on the menu for vegetarians (like myself and my partner). Today we indulged in the Yorkshire fettle & chestnut stuffed onion, roast trimmings, and veggie gravy, and it was delicious. They serve Sunday lunch from 12-m-8:30pm every week, which is pretty damn awesome.

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They also have a neat little cinema that hosts regular screenings, and is also available for private hire. In the past I have seen ‘Beetlejuice’, John Waters’ ‘Polyester’, and a whole host of other fantastic cult films at this lovely little venue.

Upcoming screenings, menus, drinks lists and more can be viewed on their website.

76-78 North St, Leeds | Mon-Thurs 12-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 11am-10:30pm