Chickpea, split pea and cashew curry

Having discovered I am not allergic to cashew nuts I’ve been including them in as many recipes as I can.

Start by making a yellow curry paste by blending chilli, garlic, ginger, coriander and turmeric into a paste using a vegetable mincer. Warm the paste through with some coconut oil and saute to create the base of the curry.

Add dried yellow split peas, chickpeas and cashew nuts and then cover with coconut milk and boiling water. I use Alpro coconut milk instead of tinned milk as it’s less heavy and less fatty.

Bring to the boil then turn down and cook on a medium heat for 1 – 2 hours, stir regularly and keep an eye on how the chickpeas and yellow split peas are cooking. The pulses will have softened and expanded as they cook.

If needed continue to cook the curry for longer. This is a great recipe to make in a slow cooker for an easy workday tea.

I serve with coconut rice for a really tasty meal.

Hearty Split Pea Stew

Today I’m facing a real culinary challenge; cooking lunch for myself and my friend. Between my lactose intolerance, coeliacs disease, vegetarianism and allergies and my friend’s type 1 diabetes it could be interesting finding a meal we can both eat.

My solution for today lies in one of the world’s simplest foods – split peas.

I’m going to make a really hearty, tasty and simple stew. I’m going to use my slow cooker so I can spend as much of the day chatting as possible and just look forward to a tasty treat. Split peas are a really brilliant food. Split peas contain really high levels of dietary fibre which are great for anyone suffering with digestive intolerance’s and condition as it helps to keep the digestive system working effectively. The fibre in split peas helps to reduce cholesterol in binding it and processing it out of the body which is great for cardiac health as well. Containing very little fat and 65% fibre with a good protein kick too split peas are great for coeliacs.

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I start by chopping a large white onion really finely, then I chop 4 cloves of garlic finely too. Pop into the slow cooker with 200g of yellow and 200g green split peas. Pour over 2 pints of boiling stock and pop the slow cooker on to do all the cooking for you.

I can’t wait to tuck in to my delicious lunch today, knowing all the time those super peas will be looking after me and my friend and working hard to keep us healthy all day.