Chickpea Pasanda with a Banana Twist

We are proud and excited to welcome Piola’s first guest contributor, Sophie Lloyd! Today she will share with us her recipe for Chickpea Pasanda. You’ll love it! I know I did.

Text by Sophie Lloyd, photos by Meghan Stone

I’m no curry chef, but I know it takes a lot of fresh spices and careful preparation to make a really authentic, tasty curry. But, I have to say, this easy-to-make curry recipe that I’ve customized to make my own is up there with the best. I’ve made this dish countless times for friends and family and always get a glowing response. Banana is the secret ingredient that gives it a sweet little kick. And, as far as curries go, it’s lighter and healthier than others so perfect to make at this time of year.

(Serves 4 people)
Glug of olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 cans of chickpeas (If you’re a meat eater, you can substitute the chickpeas for chicken)
1 head of cauliflower (or other veg)
Big bunch of spinach
1 tbsp of curry powder
1 tsp of ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder (or more, according to desired spiciness)
1 3/4 cups (400 ml) hot chicken stock
1/3 cup (25g) dried coconut
1 medium sized banana
2/3 cup (150g) Greek-style yogurt
1/8 cup (25 g) ground almonds
Handful of chopped fresh cilantro
2 1/4 cups (400g) Brown rice

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion and garlic and cook over a low heat for around 5 minutes until they’re soft and lightly browned.
  • Add the cauliflower, spinach and chickpeas and stir in the curry powder and ground coriander and cook for few minutes.

  • Add the hot chicken stock and the coconut, ground almonds, cilantro and banana.

  • Heat until boiling and then reduce and simmer for around 20 minutes, partially covered
  • Start cooking the rice in a separate saucepan
  • Stir the yogurt into the curry when the rice is almost done and heat through.
  • Serve up and eat eat eat!


Sophie Lloyd is a freelance writer from the UK. She’s been floating around the world indulging her wanderlust for the last seven years, spending five years in China and the last two years in Argentina. Her main passion is fashion and, as well as writing, she conducts private shopping tours and personal shopping services for visitors to Buenos Aires where she currently resides. She also likes cooking, running and babysitting her friends’ cats and dogs. You can check out her private shopping website here.

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