Mint and coconut chickpea sauce

Hellos! (^_^)

I’ve been taking on a little too much lately, my posts have had to take a back seat. But I’m back! Busy season is winding down and I’m now gearing up for some good rest over the Christmas holiday season. I have more than 10 posts to put up so stay tuned. This is the first one. I’ve been experimenting and I really like how this sauce turned out. It’s a bit pasty, but I like that, it’s hardy.

served
served!

My parents and siblings came over for diner, this is one of the dishes I served. They enjoyed it. More importantly, so did my husband. I served it over plain boiled matoke. The recipe is as follows.   

as with many dishes I do it starts with garlic, grated, fry in a bit of oil and water (add the water before the oil gets hot)
as with many dishes I do it starts with 4 garlic cloves, grated, fry in a bit of oil and water (add the water before the oil gets hot)

 

once the garlic softens add a grated carrot and sliced onion. Stir.
once the garlic softens add 2 grated carrots and a large sliced onion. Stir.
once the onions and carrots soften (you my add a bit of water so they don't dry out too much) add the pre cooked chickpeas and stir them in
once the onions and carrots soften (you my add a bit of water so they don’t dry out too much) add the pre cooked chickpeas and stir them in

Once the chickpeas meld nicely with the carrots, onions and garlic, I suggest separating out 2/3 of the stew and setting it aside (in the fridge) for later use, otherwise you will make way more sauce that you could use in one meal. Unless you’re having a party with lots of people, then you may proceed with all of it.

If you do set some aside, you can later add a bit of chilli to it and serve with chapos or over rice.

add a handful of meant leaves
add a handful of mint leaves

My brother stopped by earlier on this day while I was debating on whether I should use mint or basil leaves. He said …

“Go with mint! Basil would be safe. Do something unexpected.”

And so I did, and it was great!

blend
blend
put back on the stove on low heat and add the coconut milk. Stir it in, once it's mixed well it's done.
put back on the stove on low heat and add the coconut milk. Stir it in, add salt to taste, once it’s mixed well it’s done.
suggested serving: over boiled matoke
suggested serving: over boiled matoke

If you would prefer it lighter you can add water to thin it out. I also didn’t blend it completely, as you can see in the photo it’s still a bit chunky, but they’re tiny chunks. My blender couldn’t get it any smoother but if yours can, go for it!

Husband Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Try it this holiday! I think it would do nicely over sweet potatoes too. If you do, post a photo and tag me on Twitter or Instagram  with @pendolamama, I would love to see it!

About aika

Making, eating and sharing good food are a splendid way to start, brake and end a day! I post good eats on www.pendolamama.co.ke. Life is a feast, eat up!

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