A superhealthy, delicious and easy-to-make vegan curry. Nearly any vegetable can be used for this recipe: cauliflower, eggplant, squash, sweet potato, green beans and others. Frozen veggies will work too.

Chickpea and Vegetable Curry Recipe

* Serves 4 * One-Pot* 95 gr/ 3.35oz * 499 Cal*

You’ll need:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 red onion, diced
2 teaspoons garam masala powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1.5kg/ 3.3lb mixed chopped vegetables (1 big sweet potato, 1 eggplant, 1 carrot, green beans, grean peas)
1 can (400g/14oz) chickpeas, drained
Salt to taste
1 handful chopped coriander leaves
8 tablespoons coconut milk powder

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At home:

Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent.

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Stir in spices, heat for another minute together.

chickpea and vegetable curry

Add vegetables and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and season to taste.

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Turn heat down to a medium-low. Put a lid on and leave to cook until veggies are tender, for about 30-40 minutes.
Add chickpeas and coriander leaves; stir well.  Simmer for another couple of minutes.

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Remove from the heat and cool thoroughly.
Spread the Chickpea and Vegetable Curry mixture on dehydrator trays covered with non-stick sheets or parchment paper.

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Dehydrate at 63C/145F for 8-10 hours until brittle.

chickpea and mixed vegetable curry dried, dehydrated backpacking meals

Divide dried meal into 4 equal portions (about 100 gr/ 3.5 oz each) and put into separate zip-lock bags. Add to each bag 2 tablespoons of coconut milk powder and seal.

On the trail:
To rehydrate 1 portion:

Put the dried meal in a pot and add 2/3  to 1 cup water.
Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes, until rehydrated.
Serve with tortilla or chapati.

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Nutritional info: Protein 14.1 g, Carbs 62.1 g, Sugars19.1g, Fiber 17.3 g, Fat 25 g,  , Sodium 270 mg 

Note: You can add to the dried meal  1/3 cup dehydrated cooked rice for extra calories.

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  1. Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    How long do all these keep for in the ziplock bags? Do you need to keep them cool at all?

    • Tanya Krezevska on March 24, 2021 at 11:02 am

      Shelf life of dehydrated food depends on many factors. If you need to keep it longer than 3 months, vacuum seal it and keep in a freezer. For shorter period, you can keep it in zip-lock bags in dark, cool place.

  2. Kate on July 21, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Made this for my recent hiking trip and it was great! Just a note that in the instructions it says to heat up Olive oil, but the recipe calls for coconut oil.

  3. Anonymous on March 9, 2020 at 9:23 am

    What vegetables do you recommend for the 1.5kg?

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