Chickpea Curry

Before I get to my best lunch ever I just want to share what arrived for me in the mail today:

 

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Yes, in the flesh, that is a coveted application for the 2010 Boston Marathon, now filled out and ready to be sent by overnight mail tomorrow. I am a little weepy just looking at it! There is just so much tradition and excitement that surrounds this amazing race, and I am so excited to be running it again. Its not going to be easy as I have a long training road ahead and I am way behind where I want to be on fundraising. I hope to do a raffle soon, but I will first need to have items donated so it is not a complete loss for me financially. As soon as I have more information you know I will be posting here!

I have been trying to eat as many healthy, homemade meals as possible in the days leading up to my travel marathon this month. Lunch this week has been one of the best one pot dishes I have ever made.

Inspired by one of my favorite Indian dishes, Chana Masala, the recipe was fairly simple:

4 cups chickpeas, soaked overnight

2 cans diced plum tomatoes with basil

2 cups thinly sliced potato slices

1 shallot, minced

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 TSP curry powder

1/2 TSP crushed red pepper flakes

1 TSP cayenne pepper

Generous shake of freshly ground black pepper

Pinch sea salt

Pinch freshly ground cinnamon stick

Making this dish was as easy as combining all of the ingredients and cooking slowly until the potatoes are soft. You can let it simmer as long as you want, as the flavors only get more intense and the smell beats any scented candles you could ever buy!

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The sauce was rich and spicy and while it is not the same as Chana Masala, it quelled my Indian food craving for now and provided a delicious,  vegetarian, protein filled, hot mid day meal for me each day this week.

Guys, I have a crazy schedule coming up. I will be leaving Friday to work in Arizona for several long days, then home again for two days and off to Ireland. And there is lots to do both at home and the office in the meantime!

I hope you are all having a great week. Hump day is over, and it is smooth sailing to the weekend! (Unless you are working all weekend like I am!)

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  1. Jessica’s avatar

    My hubby has always wanted to run the Boston marathon. He is fast, but has some plaguing injuries that have prevented him from it. You have a very busy few weeks!!

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  2. Kelly’s avatar

    I still have yet to try Indian food. I know, what is wrong with me? Congrats on the marathon packet arriving!

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    1. admin’s avatar

      Oooh we should do an Indian buffet so you can try a little of everything!

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    2. Allie (Live Laugh Eat)’s avatar

      Ahhhhhhh so exciting!!!!! Safe travels!!

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    3. Kirsten’s avatar

      I love dishes like that!! Yum!

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    4. Kirsten’s avatar

      BTW – my schedule is crazy in Jan too, but let’s try and plan a meetup for Feb!

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      1. admin’s avatar

        Definitely! February is looking pretty good for me.

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      2. Simply Life’s avatar

        oh this meal looks amazing! i’m definitely hoping to use this recipe soon!

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      3. Heather @ Side of Sneakers’s avatar

        Boston application, how exciting!!!! That curry looks so good, I need to try to make something like that :)

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      4. Casey @SpicyandSweet’s avatar

        YAY for applying for the Boston marathon! Good luck girl!

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      5. Karena’s avatar

        hehe i feel like that picture of your application should have a halo effect around it and choirs singing! Ahh, to even be a spectator at that marathon *sigh*! Happy and safe travels :) can’t wait to read all about your trips!

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      6. Caroline’s avatar

        Congrats! That is truly awesome. I hope that one day I can join the club and run one of the best marathons ever! Sounds like Channa Masala recipe too!

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      7. Andrea (Off Her Cork)’s avatar

        Boston application, that is awesome! Rock that marathon! :D

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      8. Spiceaholic’s avatar

        Congrats on the marathon application!

        I have a great spicy chickpea, spinach, and potato curry recipe on my site if you want to check it out.

        http://www.spicesbites.com/thunder-snow-and-some-good-eats/

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