It was a perfect day for al fresco dining today, but this dish would be excellent on a dull day, too, to warm you up from the inside. It’s a complete meal in itself for a fasting day, but you could serve it over rice or with bread as more substantial fare. I used chard and sorrel, but spinach would be just as good.

Curried chickpeas and chard

Recipe for Curried chickpeas and chard (serves 1)

Ingredient Calories per serving
1 tsp olive oil 40
135g (1 medium) onion, sliced 54
1 clove garlic, finely chopped 4
1 tsp cumin seeds 8
1 tsp ground ginger 6
½ tsp turmeric 4
½ tsp allspice 2
½ tsp ground coriander 0
1 chilli pepper, sliced 2
100g Swiss chard (or spinach, or kale), washed and sliced into strips 19
100g cooked chickpeas 164
salt and pepper, to taste 0

Total calories per serving: 300

Method: Heat the oil in a pan and then add the onion and garlic, cooking over a lowish heat until they are soft. Add the sliced chilli pepper and the spices and cook until fragrant. Then stir in the chard and the chickpeas and cook for about five minutes, until the leaves have wilted. You shouldn’t need to add any liquid. Season to taste.