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Reverse Advent Calendar – Day 9

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And on the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a donatable tin of chickpeas!

You can pick up this versatile staple wherever you get your groceries, and drop it off at any food bank. Find your local food bank here.

To cheer up a chilly Thursday, try our warming chickpea and squash curry recipe:


butternut squash, deseeded and cut into crescents
400ml tin of chopped tomatoes 
1400ml tin of coconut milk
400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2Onions, diced
4cloves of garlic, crushed
5-6tbsp of garam masala or curry powder
a handfulbasil leaves  (optional)
thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated (optional)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp dried chilli flakes (optional)
to tastesalt and pepper


1. Begin by pre-heating an oven to 180 degrees, once hot arrange the sweet potato on a baking tray with approx. tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Now cook for 25 minutes or until soft on the inside and slightly caramelised on the outside.

2. In the mean time begin to make the curry base. Start by placing a large pan over a medium heat with 1-2 tbsp of vegetable oil added. Once hot begin to fry the onions with a pinch of salt. Cook for 10 minutes or until the onions have fully softened.

3. Next add the garlic and ginger an cook for 2 minutes.

4. Now reduce the heat add the garam masala. Cook the spices for 7 minutes stirring continuously and loosening with a dash of water if necessary to prevent sticking. 

5. Add the tomatoes, mix and cook for 5 minutes.

6. Next add the coconut milk and mix in so that none of the fats remain undissolved. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes.

7. Now add the chickpeas, cooked butternut squash and basil leaves. Mix to an even consistency and cook for  further 5 minutes. 

A squeeze of lime can add some extra freshness.

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