Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce

Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce

Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce is the perfect gluten-free, vegan meal when you have friends around. Curry night? It has a little heat to it (which you can tailor to your taste) but it is also light and fresh. I love it with Basics – Perfect Plain Rice and gluten free chapatis or poppadoms.

Allergy Information – Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce

Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce is gluten-free and vegan as well as… celery free*, coconut free, garlic free, lupin free, mustard free, onion free, peanut free, sesame free, soya free, tree nut free.

*Leave out for celery free.

Top Tips – Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce

Tamarind adds a delightfully sour and tangy flavour to dishes. You can add as little or as much cayenne pepper or mild chilli powder – this is really for adding a depth of flavour. I have also made this with Korean chilli powder (gochugaru) and this works brilliantly. Little heat but a real undercurrent of sweet, chilli flavour.

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Recipe – Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce

Difficulty easy
Serves 4-6
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 35 minutes

Ingredients – Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon nigella seeds (look for these in supermarkets)
1.5 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 stick celery – finely diced (leave out for celery free)
1 medium carrot – finely diced
400 grams passata
3 green/ red chillies – finely diced
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or mild chilli powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
400 gram tin chickpeas
1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate
Small bunch fresh coriander
100 grams kale leaves
2 tablespoons unsweetened vegan yogurt

Method – Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the nigella and fennel seeds and fry gently for approximately ten seconds. Add the carrot and celery and cook gently for approximately ten minutes.
2. Remove the kale from the stalks and roughly chop. Add the passata, kale, chillies, sugar, cayenne pepper (or chilli powder), turmeric and chickpeas to the pan, mix well and put the lid on the pan
3. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer gently with the lid ajar for 25-30 minutes. Finely chop the coriander stalks and add to the pan. Cook for a further two minutes
4. Stir in the tamarind and finely chopped coriander leaves and cook for a further 30 seconds. Serve with unsweetened vegan yogurt, plain rice and poppadoms or gluten-free, vegan chapatis.



2 thoughts on “Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce”

  • I want you to know that I rarely if ever come back to a site to post a review, not because I’m unappreciative, but life is busy, plus I forget! But I want to tell you that this is an absolutely fantastic recipe, with great flavors. I left out the oil, but I dry-browned the seeds (I don’t have access to Nigella, so I substituted some cumin seeds, celery seeds & oregano, according to the internet), and I googled passata to learn its tomatoey, so I used almost 2 cups of crushed tomatoes. I simply left out the light brown sugar due to dietary restrictions, but the recipe sure didn’t seem to suffer for it…it was sooooo good! The reason I remembered to post this tonight is that the ingredients are on my shopping list for the morning, because I’m going to make it again, less than a week later! If you don’t love kale, this is the best recipe ever to make you forget the kale, because you can’t get enough.

    • Thank you so much Michael!
      That’s great to hear. Hearing you’re making this recipes again makes my day. I adore kale in (almost) all its forms.
      Happy cooking!
      Julia x

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