There’s a fair amount of chopping involved with this recipe, so if you can prepare it in advance of a fasting day, you might find that easier than spending a lot of time around food preparation on a day when you are feeling hungry! Use whatever vegetables you have to hand: I had a mix of fresh and frozen ones. It’s the split peas and the rice that are the main source of calories for this dish.

Vegetable and split pea curry with brown basmati rice

Recipe for Vegetable and split pea curry (serves 2)

90g yellow split peas
400g whole eggplants/aubergines
200g pumpkin, peeled and diced into large pieces
1 tsp olive oil
100g onions, sliced
Vegetable ingredients for curry2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp fresh grated ginger*
100g mixed peppers, sliced
250g courgettes/zucchini (I froze batches of this, grated, in the glut days of summer)
250g fresh or canned tomatoes, blended to a sauce
salt & pepper
1 tbsp lime or lemon juice
fresh coriander/cilantro to garnish
80g brown basmati rice

Total calories per serving: 500

Method: Heat the oven to 350°F/180°C and roast the eggplant and diced pumpkin for about 45 minutes, or until soft. Rinse the split peas, put them in a pan and cover them in water. Bring to a boil and simmer until soft (about 45 minutes). Heat the olive oil in a pan and sweat the onions and garlic. Add the cumin and turmeric and cook until the spices are fragrant, then stir in the peppers (I used a mixture of sweet peppers and chillis for a bit of heat) and ginger. Cook until the peppers have softened, then stir in the courgettes and tomato. Dice the cooked eggplant/aubergine and add to the curry with the drained peas and pumpkin. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook on a low heat for 20 minutes, while you bring the rice to the boil and cook it until tender, then stir the lime or lemon juice into the curry and serve over the rice. Finish off with some coriander/cilantro leaves.

*I keep a root of ginger in the freezer and grate it from frozen when I need some: the rough skin doesn’t go through the grater, so you don’t have to peel it.