Thursday, March 27, 2008

Yellow Curry Coconut Chickpeas

While perusing some blogs today I found myself asking a few questions: 1. How can I get some company to send me a free sample of their product? 2. How does one get on the list to test recipes for upcoming vegan cookbooks? I am also wondering how to make my blog a force for change. I love the vegan blog community, and I am feeling an e-bond with those who frequent Vegan Dad and leave comments, but I would also like to change some non-vegan minds. I mean, if entry to heaven was based on the number of vegan converts we made, I would totally be going to hell where I would eat naught but burning hot coals and drink naught but burning hot cola. Recently, a few of my pics were posted on Tastespotting.com, which caused my daily hits to jump to over 700. I can only hope a few people were intrigued to look more into veganism. Perhaps I will try the 10 things Isa recommends in this article.


Enough blabbering. I love coconut milk and chickpeas, and I love this recipe.

INGREDIENTS
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- yellow curry paste (or powder) to taste
- 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- salt to taste (if needed)

METHOD
1. Bring coconut milk to bubbling in a sauce pan. Add in curry paste, sauces, juice, and salt to taste. Add in chickpeas and simmer for 10 mins, until sauce thickens a little. Serve over rice.

24 comments:

Romina said...

If your delicious recipes aren't enough to convert non-vegans, then I don't know what is!

VeganLinda said...

Don't under estimate the power of showing people what you eat. I think this can be an amazing tool for change. Over the many years I've been vegan, I have belonged to many groups, protested, saved animals, worked at animal sanctuaries, civil disobedience, etc. All of these things are important, but most of the people who have "converted" from knowing me have done so after eating the food and getting recipes/cookbooks. Many people care and are empathic, but they need to see veganism in action to go that extra step and this is what you are currently doing with your blog. Keep up the great work. I know some days it feels like you are "preaching to the choir", but you obviously are reaching more than just the vegans.

lisa said...

Oh, thanks for reminding me of Isa's list. I personally think that the best way to convert people to anything (veganism, bike riding...) is not by browbeating or lecturing, which puts people on the defensive, but by leading by example. Eat well, be healthy, shower your friends with yummy food, answer their questions when they ask, and keep posting your wonderful blog. The more options and opportunities people have to think about veganism, the easier the transition will seem.

Colleen said...

I am not vegan, though my husband is, and I definitely appreciate your recipes/posts! They always appeal to both my husband and I so it is not such a game of tug-o-war to decide what to cook tonight - so thanks!

http://www.baconandtofu.com

sarah j. gim said...

hiya! glad that tastespotting had worked for you! :)

Happy Herbivore! said...

I love that we both had chickpea curry tonight (I'm a day behind in my posts, it;ll be up tomorrow).

I think we *are* converting people. I get comments/emails from people that went vegan or vegetarian at least 2x a month -- or at least, they say we make it look easy :)

(& then I tell them it IS easy and they SHOULD do it! and everytime they have kids... I send them to you!)

mollyjade said...

I agree with veganlinda. The power of your blog is that people (especially parents) can look at it and say, "I could do that."

Alice (in Veganland) said...

I also think you are underestimating the power of your blog. Your blog is one of the reasons I'm trying to become a vegan!
I guess every little grain of sand adds to the mountain...
(But hey! if you have new ideas, go for it!)

Lysy said...

Hi Vegan Dad! My cupboard now contains agave nectar and nutritional yeast and I just ate my first portion of seitan this week. Blame your blog and Isa's cookbooks! I wonder if people are sometimes a bit shy of leaving comments on 'established' blogs - it's like barging up to someone you've heard of at a party and blithering on! But your post has encouraged me to let you know that you are indeed converting people to eating more tasty vegan food. I don't know how you have time to do all this cooking with three young children and a job though!

Virginia-SC, US said...

Do you think this would taste good with red curry paste?

Vegan Dad said...

Yes! Red or yellow would be fine--I just like the yellow colour.

Sharon R said...

Years ago my great aunt, Celeste, was a vegan as Seventh Day Adventists were; the family thought she was strange, but I thought she was sooo cool. Now I'm making the transition and some may think mt eating is strange, but I like it.
Some of the recipes I read are so fussy and require a large list of ingredients, however, I find your recipes are really good and easy to follow.
Thanks for doing what you do on your blog!

Kumquat Peekapoo said...

There are few things I love more than chickpea curry, and I'm happy to have another version to try. Thanks for the recipe!

Alexis said...

I agree with others. The best way to 'convert' people is to show that you make tasty food that they want to make too, and that it is also do-able and good for you. I am sure I have gotten more postive feeling from people at work by bringing them cupcakes than by telling them about the poor cows.

I honestly tend to get a bit turned off by explicit vegan/vegtarian evangelism, despite being vegetarian and 85% vegan already. My strong reaction to it may be due to having been, as a lifelong non-religious person, exposed to a lot of attempts to convert me in that area. The only thing that has EVER interested me in that area are those people whose lives are exemplary and clearly highly influenced by their religion -- analogous to vegans who eat and advertise their tasty, healthy food!

Hanni said...

Another must-try recipe! Thanks vegan dad (PS I am not vegan but most everything I cook at home is.)

Vegyogini said...

I ask myself those first two questions quite often. It seems to me that the best way to encourage people into veganism is to lead by example and not force it on anyone.

Cravin' Veggies said...

You are truly leading by example. We are not vegan yet, but are on our way. I find so many new meal ideas here!! Just over a year ago we decided to become vegetarian. Now we have decided to eliminate dairy, as well. I must say that you make it so much easier with your delicious and (mostly) kid friendly meals! TY TY TY!!! Keep on keeping on...

Peace.
Lisa

Agathe said...

Hi !
I' not vegan yet, just vegetarian but as much as i can i eat vegan when i cook, when i'm invited i eat vegetarian. It's true that when i read your recipes it seems very easy for every body !

Carla said...

I'd like to know about how to get free stuff too!
I like being creative with food and take that as its own reward. If I put it on the blog and people read it, and like the idea (and maybe even make it) then I feel like I've done a little bit in furthering the cause.

Tina. said...

I made this tonight and both husband and I loved it! So yummy and so easy/quick at the same time. Thanks, Vegan Dad!

SaraJane said...

I'm such a blog-reading slacker lately, so sorry for the lateness of the comment. I, too, have been wondering how I can get free stuff. I'm more than happy to pimp out products on my blog in exchange. ;)

As for blogging creating change - I think people like you are doing that just by having the blog. Here you are proving to the world that you can raise a vegan family. Not only that, but you're making delicious looking food that's not only healthy, but usually pretty easy and quick. And - you're not in a super metropolitan area, which can be trying at times for people that think they need to find all these crazy ingredients.

I think - keep it up, you're changing the world just by being you and sharing that with others.

Englann said...

My vegan-fighting husband LOVED this! He was begging for more. I can't feed my four year old most of the recipes we use from your site, but it works out well to pack for lunches for the work week, thanks for taking some weight off my shoulders. You have made preparing delicious / easy/ healthy meals something I look forward to now. When I go for my next check-up, I know my cholesterol will have dropped adn I will tell my nutritionist all about your site, to pass on the good word!

Tess, That'll Do said...

I've never ever used curry paste/powder. Can you just give me an idea as to how much I should use, as a reference point? I'd love to make this this afternoon, so I'd appreciate an ASAP response. :)

Vegan Dad said...

Tess, start with a tbsp of paste, or a tsp of powder. Go from there.