Chickpea and butternut curry healthy recipe
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Chickpea & Butternut “Curry”

Posted by Emily on 22nd June 2021 at 10:30am

Some of my favourite recipes in life come from people who I love. There is something about knowing that someone that you love has made the meal and enjoyed it, that makes your own enjoyment of it that much greater. Well, that’s what I think anyway.

This recipe comes from one of my best friends of all time, Kirsten. Our friendship started off when we were 5 years old, playing dolls in the wendy house and cooking soup for our dolls! We’ve pretty much been besties ever since. Now that we’re all grown up, we both enjoy cooking healthy meals for our families, including our real live babies! And we enjoy sharing recipes with each other.  

So, without further ado, here is a yummy recipe from my bestie. 


  • 500g lamb mince or chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp dried cumin
  • 3 tsp dried coriander
  • 1 tsp dried turmeric
  • ½ tsp cinnamon 
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 500g butternut, cut into small pieces
  • A few handfuls of spinach, finely chopped 
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • 500ml stock of choice 


  • Fry onions in olive oil for a few minutes until translucent. 
  • Add garlic and fry for another minute. 
  • Add the lamb/chicken and salt and pepper and fry until no longer pink.
  • Add the diced butternut and spices and fry for a few minutes. 
  • Add the tomato paste, tinned tomatoes, stock, chickpeas and spinach and stir. Bring to a low boil then let simmer for 15-20 minutes until butternut is nice and soft. 
  • If the flavours are too bland, add more spices
  • Serve with brown basmati rice