Zucchini, Potato, and Chickpea Curry

This vegetarian curry is so delicious and hearty! My kiddos and I gobbled it right up for dinner tonight. A curry is a pretty generic term meaning any spicy Middle Eastern dish of meat or vegetables served over rice. There isn’t simply one kind of curry. If you buy curry powder at the grocery store, it is most likely a combination of traditional Middle Eastern spices like fenugreek, coriander, cumin, turmeric, fennel, cayenne, and others. If you don’t cook a lot of Middle Eastern foods, buying a good curry powder is an easy way to spice up your normal meals without buying all those individual spices.

Locally grown red-skinned potatoes … delicious

Most of my meals begin with a quick look at the kitchen counter and in the cupboard to see what might need to be used up soon … today the winner was zucchini and potatoes. I had about a half dozen zucchini sitting on the counter and a bag of lovely red-skinned potatoes just begging to be used. Since I needed to be out of the house right around the dinner prep hour, it was the perfect night to put the crock pot to good use. And so a quick curry was devised…

The veggie collection

Ingredients: 

3 to 4 medium zucchinis, chopped
6 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 medium to large onion, chopped
4 or 5 cloves of garlic, diced
1 jalapeno or other spicy pepper, seeded and chopped
1 can diced tomatoes (about 14 ounces)
1 can water
1 to 2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 large can chickpeas, drained (about 24 ounces)

Spices … 1 tablespoon ginger powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon coriander, a few shakes of salt and multiple twists of the pepper grinder

Directions: 

Chopped Zucchini

Combine everything except for the chickpeas into the crock pot. Stir. Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours. Add the chickpeas and cook for an additional hour.

A note about spice … If you are not serving the curry to little eaters, you can add some cayenne pepper to give this an extra kick. For this curry, I totally skipped the cayenne and just added some crushed red pepper on my bowl at the end to give it a little kick and spare the littles.

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4 thoughts on “Zucchini, Potato, and Chickpea Curry”

  1. Sounds fantastic Erin! Can’t wait to try it in my crockpot. I am always looking for good vegetarian crockpot recipes (that don’t involve a can of soup). Have you also prepared this using regular curry powder? Our little guy loves Indian food and curry on everything.

  2. Thanks! I have found a great organic curry powder that I keep on hand from Morton and Bassett. I use it liberally in rices, soups, chicken dishes. I keep a lot of Indian spices around anyway but it is also nice to have just one jar to use as a quick fix. Depending on the dish I would use a generous tablespoon or so – maybe even 2 in this recipe! It isn’t spicy so it is very kid-friendly. My kids love Indian food as well! Your little guy sounds like an adventurous eater!

  3. Megan – Oops – sorry to hear about that but yes! simmering would definitely work. I would simmer this on the stove for about 30 to 45 minutes after everything was combined and cooking well. I don’t think it would take too long at all. Let us know if you try it that way!

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