Caribbean Chickpea & Sweet Potato Casserole

Caribbean Chickpea & Sweet Potato Casserole

One thing you’ll quickly realise when you come to live in the UK is that its residents talk about the weather…a LOT. It’s not because they’re trying to be polite in all their Britishness but the weather here is utterly, truly and completely unpredictable (can I add horrible too?).

So on Monday it snowed. *gasp* I haven’t seen so much snow in my life and the only way I can describe it to other snow virgins is that it’s like walking into a humungous freezer that hasn’t been defrosted for ages. The neighbourhood kids were ecstatic because the schools have closed for the day and immediately snowmen popped up on lawns, with bikini (or was that a bra?), skirt and sunglasses; the whole tutti.

Gabriel wasn’t impressed. We tried to show and explain to him what all the fuss was about. After a very short walk he said: “Screw you guys, I’m going home” and made a uey. Okay okay, he doesn’t speak yet but his body language said it all.

Gabriel’s first taste of snow

Let’s pretend we’re vacationing in the Caribbean now, shall we?

P.S. Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey? is hosting a Caribbean Cooking event, so don’t forget to check it out as well as the roundup of the 8th instalment of My Legume Love Affair hosted by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook. The Food in Colours event’s colour of the month is orange, hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen.

Caribbean Chickpea & Sweet Potato Casserole
Serves 4
Preparation: 5 mins – Cooking: 30 mins

Caribbean Chickpea & Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 200g (7 oz) dried chickpeas
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) curry powder
  • 400g (14 oz) can chickpeas, drained
  • 450g (1 lb) sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 500ml (2 cups) vegetable stock
  • 6 spring onions (scallions), finely chopped
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) lime juice
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) coriander, chopped
  1. Heat the oil and fry the onion for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, chilli and curry powder and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the sweet potato, chickpeas, salt and vegetable stock. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the spring onions, lime juice and coriander, simmer for 2 minutes and serve immediately.
Serving Suggestion
  • Serve with rice.
  • Instead of using canned chickpeas you can soak 200g (7 oz) of dried chickpeas overnight and boil them for about an hour or so until they are tender. Simply follow the rest of the recipe.

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  1. says

    SOmebody shoudl point out to your gorgeous son that the fluffy white snow is the GOOD part of the English winter!! It’s all the other kak that we don’t like… 😉 Wait till he starts using public transport…!

  2. says

    Ha ha, love it. I think I’d be right there with your son. Being from Colorado, I’m firm believer that unless snow serves a purpose (read: skiing) there’s no point. But your chickpea and sweet potato casserole looks crazy good! Those are two of my favorite ingredients, and here they are cohabiting. Love it.

  3. says

    The colours in your casserole are gorgeous. And the flavours too.
    Thanks for being a part of FIC Orange.
    I guess I’m lucky to live in the tropics, though I would love to see snow sometime. 😀

  4. says

    michelle this is a d’lish looking dish! you can send this to my monthly mingle – caribbean cooking is the theme! would love to have this!

  5. says

    Ben: It’s great to have someone join my escapism club. 😉

    Jeanne: Nah, I’ll leave that for later. Let him still enjoy his innocence and ignorance. 😛

    Andrea: That makes 3 of us. I don’t know what to make of snow either!

    The Duo Dishes: Sweet potatoes in any dish wins me over in a split second….

    Aparna: Lucky you! I want to escape this country and its horrible weather sometime in the future and join you in tropical weather…

    Always a pleasure, Susan!

    Thanks, Kevin!

    You’re welcome, Mrs Ergül!

    Thanks for letting me know about your event, Meeta!

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